Microsoft denies HTC a first swing at Windows RT tablets

imageBloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet.

Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”.

HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software.

Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality.

Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying:

HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform more than ever.

HTC may release a Windows device later, in a second round of products to come next year, one of the people said.

Microsoft may be doing HTC a favour however, with the initial Windows RT tablets likely to have a lower volume than Intel powered tablets, which can run both Metro apps and regular Windows applications, and which will be more attractive until the Metro library of apps are built out.

Read more at Bloomberg here.

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  • Anonymous

    “HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android”.

    There’s the problem. Windows 8 is not Android. HTC needs to stop messing with the UI and the UX. HTC should focus on hardware and custom apps.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you :)

    • Anonymous

      Nicely said.

  • Anonymous

    The reasons given does not make sense. Customization of home screen might be the only reason for Microsoft refusing HTC. I am sure the decision for now is HTC because HTC and Microsoft have always work together.

  • Anonymous

    nobody is getting it. if htc had a huge enough marketshare, microsoft would bend the rules a little bit and allow them to customize it because it would put them right in an established market base, but since htc is small, no customization for you. 

    • Ef Jay

      They don’t seem to have any problem denying Samsung whose marketshare is much larger than htc’s. Why is htc the only one who wants to change Windows 8 into android? 

      • Anonymous

        i didnt say samsung would be allowed anything. you dont think if hp,dell,lenovo,acer wanted to tweak anything they would at least be given some leeway? windows phone for example can be modified by nokia,because nokias reach is huge.

        • big_Stefano

          Windows Phone can be modified by Nokia anyway they see fit because it was part of the exclusive deal they made. Nokia’s main operating system would be WP, and would allow Microsoft to have unlimited use of their Navteq maps. In return Nokia would pay for the WP OS but would change it any wy they want. In return for having unlimited use of Nokia maps, Microsoft would provide Nokia with a $1billion gift.

          It was the deal they made.

          • Anonymous

            Nokia can make some customization but can not change the UI or lock screen and other main aspects of windows phone. The argument I think, is, if true HTC want to customize to use their sense UI.

            However, my  take to the Bloomberg story is mere speculation because HTC has been silence on a windows 8 device. May be HTC is trying to redesign their devices for windows 8.

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  • idkat

    No matter the reason, these types of stories does you no good if you are Microsoft.  Whether it is no to a hardware manufacturer or no to a software developer, all it means is you lower your chance of becoming popular.  Let’s face it.  Windows RT is playing catchup and starting at the rear of the pack.  My opinion is that they shouldn’t that picky.

    • Anonymous

      First of all, HTC deserve it. So does Samsung. HTC and Samsung are more of enemies than friends to Windows Phone.

      Second, Windows RT doesn’t really matter, what really matters is Windows 8. You don’t see a lot of people buying RT, you will see a lot people buying Windows 8, that’s the real deal.  

    • Anonymous

      RT will use the existing library WP aka Windows Phone 8, so why do you think they are behind?

  • Anonymous

    The real reason is HTC is likely to bastardise it with HTC Sense. Currently their apps for WP7 are pretty poor.

  • Rich

    While untold, could it be Microsoft is unhappy about HTC’s efforts on phones, especially compared with the One series, therefore punishes them on Win RT?

  • Harvey

    Something smells wrong.  I mean, I thought the industry was trying to say that Windows Phone 8 and Win RT will share ~90% of the same base.  HTC makes Windows Phones and will presumably make Windows 8 phones….why not Win RT?  Strange. 

    Hmm, if I were to make another guess, I would say that all Win RT makers work in a close partnership with Microsoft (sharing engineers and resources ).  Then I would say the HTC just doesn’t have enough engineers to spare.  And Microsoft isn’t going to put more bodies than it has too to make up the difference (doing all the work).  So in the end, I think it was more like….lets just wait till next year as things stabilize more.
    Just guessing.