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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RE: Where does this leave Sprint?
by jnemesh on Thu 7th Jun 2012 15:06 UTC in reply to "Where does this leave Sprint?"
jnemesh
Member since:
2008-04-08

Windows Phone is a end regardless of what handset you own or what carrier you are on, and decisions like this...locking out one of only a HANDFUL of companies that supported you when you were struggling, is NOT the way to build hype ahead of a major launch. There are plenty of Titan and Titan II customers who will probably leave the platform when they see this news and realize they can't ever have a tablet to match their phones.

Additionally, there will be plenty of others who are not directly affected who will be turned off by Microsoft's blatant favoritism towards some companies and at the same time snubbing others. It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth supporting a company like this.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth supporting a company like this.


Indeed it does, but unfortunately just as with Windows on the desktop, I have to use the tool that works best for me when it comes to putting food on the table. If I didn't use my phone so much for consulting jobs, I'd settle for the most stable Android device I could find since that OS at least will continue being actively supported.

Maybe I should do like the sheriff's office I work full time for did recently: They had so many issues after moving the deputies and detectives to Android phones they scrapped them and went back to ruggedized dumbphones. Now that all the patrol vehicles have MDTs (mobile data terminals) they don't really need smartphones anyway. Once I've worn out this WP7 device maybe I'll go back to using a phone as just a phone and carry a MID for mobile computing.

That is, of course, if there is such a thing as a decent dumbphone left when that time comes.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Windows Phone is a end regardless of what handset you own or what carrier you are on, and decisions like this...locking out one of only a HANDFUL of companies that supported you when you were struggling


It's likely nothing personal. Chip SoC makers (Qualcomm , Texas Instruments, nVidea) likely have limited resources to provide support for developing Windows RT tablets.

Its only the logical choice to chose OEMs who have proven track records of moving volume (ASUS, Samsung, etc.) over a relatively untested HTC.

HTC is however free to build a Windows 8 x86 tablet because that is a more established platform, and there is likely less R&D overhead in bringing one to market.

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