HTC denied access by Microsoft to develop Windows RT tablets
Once considered to be inseparable, the relationship between Microsoft and HTC appears to be getting a bit hostile. According to an unnamed source, Microsoft has denied HTC access to develop Windows RT tablets, citing concerns with low sales of HTC’s current tablets and its inexperience within the tablet market.
For those who don’t know, Windows RT is a stripped down version of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 platform which is expected to debut later this summer. While Windows 8 features a full desktop and tablet experience for traditional computer processors, Windows RT is designed specifically to work on lower powered ARM processors similar to those used in HTC’s current smartphones.
Some are speculating that Microsoft is shutting HTC out because of HTC’s commitment to Android over the past few years, but we would have to disagree. While the HTC Flyer and Jetstream were technically good devices, HTC still has a long ways to go before it can compete with the likes of Acer, Asus and Samsung within the tablet space. From what we can tell, HTC is aware of the issue and has put a hold on Android tablet production as well until they can sort things out internally and come up with a winning tablet strategy.
Do you think HTC would make a compelling Windows RT tablet? Do you think HTC should skip Windows RT and produce a full Windows 8 tablet –forcing them into competing with the likes of HP, Sony, ASUS and Dell?