Microsoft’s Zune HD is based on Windows CE – so far, it was not possible to access the underlying OS directly.
HP’s iPaq 310 was “unlocked”, as were most other standalone GPS units. The Zune HD now follows suite:
ZuneBoards.com describes the program as following:
Liberate works by shutting down the interface of the Zune HD which allows direct access to the Windows CE Explorer. Users can add their own files through the separate File Deployer.
Granted, not all Windows CE applications will work with Liberate. Most applications require addition libraries to run, and, as such, will not work. However, a number of useful ones do such as Foxit Reader, Opera Mini, and Pocket Word.
Given that Windows Phone 7 is said to be based on a similar OS, let’s see how long it will take until native access becomes possible…