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Microsoft Allegedly Doesn’t Think HTC Has Enough Experience to Build Windows 8 Tablets

by Todd Haselton | June 6, 2012

Windows 8

Microsoft will reportedly block HTC from building tablets using its new Windows 8 operating system. The news came from Bloomberg on Wednesday, which said that Micosoft’s decision was made following concerns that HTC doesn’t have a large enough presence selling tablets or “ample experience” making them.

One of HTC’s largest competitors in the mobile space, Samsung, helped create one of the early Windows 8 machines and is largely expected to offer a Windows 8-powered tablet by the end of this year. HTC has struggled to compete both with Samsung and Apple in the smartphone space and, while its One X is one of the best smartphones we’ve used in recent memory, the company will face steep competition around the globe against Samsung’s new Galaxy S III handset.

HTC allegedly had several of its engineers prepared to develop a Windows 8 device with a “customized home screen,” perhaps a Windows 8 version of Sense, but Microsoft turned down that effort. HTC, Bloomberg said, was also not on the list of firms that were given early access to Windows 8 builds.

We hope this turns around in the future, however. HTC’s smartphones are top-notch and we’d like to see it have a larger part of the growing tablet market.

[via Bloomberg]


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...