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HTC could be blocked from producing Windows 8 tablets

HTC could be prevented from selling Windows 8 tablets amid concerns by Microsoft about sales and marketing

Computex 2012 is still ongoing in Taipei and Windows 8 tablets have been all the buzz. Companies such as Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Samsung and even MSI have debuted Windows 8 devices, but it now looks like HTC might not be joining the party.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Microsoft will be shutting out HTC from the next version of Windows due to concerns about the company’s ability to market tablets. The report comes just days after the Taiwanese manufacturer reduced their targeted Q2 revenue by 13% and it looks like Microsoft has taken notice. The article also states that Microsoft has opted to go with more established manufacturers and as a result did not provide HTC with an early version of Windows 8.

While HTC does have some tablet experience with their 7” Flyer, the device was discontinued in December of last year and HTC hasn’t explored the tablet waters since. On the other hand, while the company may have been shut out of the early Windows 8 release, there still remains hope for future devices if Windows 8 tablets manage to secure a decent market share. 

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Omar Qudsi, 2012-06- 8 (Update: 2012-06- 8)