Microsoft Blocks HTC From Using Windows 8

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According to a new report, Microsoft will not allow HTC, a major hardware company, to use the upcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) on its newest tablet devices. Apparently, Microsoft has some concerns about the quality of HTC hardware.

Back in April, reports suggested that Microsoft was working closely with several manufacturing firms to ensure that their new hardware met certain quality and usability standards set by the Redmond-based software giant.

The idea was that Microsoft wanted to make sure its new operating system would make a positive impression on consumers from the very start, and so didn't want any poor-quality hardware out there to anger or disappoint.

At the time, the focus was on ultrabooks, the ultra-portable style of laptop computers. This made sense, because many experts believe ultrabooks represent a lucrative new market, and expect large quantities of them to ship with Windows 8 on board.

HTC's Lack of Tablet Expertise Forces Microsoft To Say 'No'

Now it appears Microsoft has decided not to allow HTC to use Windows 8 on its new tablet computers. The problem, according to Bloomberg News: HTC just hasn't got enough experience building tablet PCs. (Source:

That lack of experience appears to have caused Microsoft concern the hardware firm might produce a shoddy device.

It's a surprising decision, because HTC is a major producer of smartphones that currently run Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system.

In fact, in a recent statement an HTC spokesperson boasted that "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." (Source:

Stonewall On Windows 8 for HTC Probably Temporary

It's unlikely Microsoft will permanently injure its positive relationship with HTC. In all probability, Microsoft will work closely with HTC to ensure that its future tablet computers meet standards.

In other words, consumers are unlikely to see an HTC-built Windows 8 tablet any day soon. But it's very likely they will see one hit the market within the next year or two.

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