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 May Still Ship Windows 8 Devices
by n4cer on Thu 7th Jun 2012 14:17 UTC
n4cer
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2005-07-06

They are only excluded from Windows RT, which MS has limited to select CPU/OEM partners (3 of each, IIRC, which had to pair up) initially to ensure quality.

HTC can still ship an x86 based tablet.
And, yes, they have shipped a Windows x86 device previously, the HTC Shift. So it shouldn't be a big deal for them to do so again.
http://www.htc.com/www/help/htc-shift/

The three chipset vendors for Windows RT are NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/09/building-windows-for-...

They will each work with 2 OEMs/ODMs (so 6 OEMs/ODMs will have Windows RT devices initially). Toshiba, Samsung, and Lenovo were 3 that were named early.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-On-ARM-WOA-Nvidia-Texas-In...

The other 3 may have been showing off devices at Computex this week. I know Compal had a prototype, and NVIDIA showed an Asus prototype, so that leaves one other OEM/ODM.

Edited 2012-06-07 14:34 UTC

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Compal's prototype was actually an AMD-based tablet.

Edited 2012-06-07 16:03 UTC

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