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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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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