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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Actually it seems like you did not read the article, not the parent poster.

MS is ditching HTC because it thinks that HTC do not have the volume of sales that they are expecting to push their tablets into the market which is odd because:

1) As a OS-only company whose platform is struggling to keep the pace and stay in a distant third place from the top contenders, MS cannot afford to ditch hardware partners unless they are really confident that their partnership with Nokia will really pay off (highly unlikely given the current state of affairs!)

... and...

2) HTC has been a MS strong supporter since day one, building and selling Windows Mobile devices, putting out some of the first WP7 phones when almost nobody else would, bending over to their bullshit patent racketeering with Android and is a brand that slowly built its mindshare among smartphone consumers.

The home screen thing is just grasping at straws and something that could have been worked out during negotiation. Nope. MS is sending a message to HTC saying that they really appreciate their smartphone business but stay the fuck off our tablet business!

Perhaps MS do not consider them big enough to warrant allocating the engineering resources to assist them to build the devices and that this would be better spent with Samsung and the likes but even it is really the case it still sounds like a slap in the face of one of your best friends and the kind of thing that may bite them in back in the future...

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