Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Bloomberg: "Microsoft, which has tightly controlled the number of ARM-based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality, opted not to work with HTC after initial discussions with the company, said two people familiar with the matter. The world's largest software maker decided HTC didn't have the sales volume needed and had less tablet experience than some of the other vendors it could choose to work with for the first round of devices, the people said." HTC was the first company to build a Microsoft-powered smartphone. Now, they're not allowed to build Windows 8 tablets.
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HTC was the first phone maker to agree to pay extortion money to Microsoft for their unspecified "intellectual property" in Android. And their thanks for kowtowing is that MS won't let them build a Windows 8 phone.

Perhaps HTC is better off. They have a huge market share here in Taiwan, as they are a local company. I'd be happy to see Windows 8 NOT come here.

I wish that the Taiwanese government had some backbone and stopped using MS products. I use Linux and live in Taiwan, and though I offer to install Linux to all my Taiwanese friends I find few takers. No one here has even heard of Linux. Windows is shoveled down everyone's throat. All government offices and schools use it exclusively, and pay big bucks for MS Office, even though they could get Libreoffice (Windows version as well) for free. Our banks require that you log into their online banking with Windows.

In other words, Microsoft pretty much owns this place, but thank goodness we still don't have Windows 8 phones, for now.

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