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Microsoft isn’t going to let HTC build an ARM-based Windows tablet, Bloomberg reports.Microsoft’s attempt to kill the iPad is called Windows RT. It’s a different kind of tablet operating system than the one which runs on Intel chips. It won’t run Windows 7 apps, for instance.
Apparently Microsoft was concerned that HTC didn’t have enough experience making tablets. The Taiwanese company has been struggling of late, too, and had to cut its sales forecasts.
We can’t help wondering about the politics in this decision. Microsoft has budded up with HTC rival Nokia.
Nokia is expected to have a tablet, but not in this first round either. Microsoft has reportedly selected Toshiba and Asustek Computer for its first Windows RT devices.
There’s tons of concern that Windows 8 on regular PCs will be a disaster. But interest in the Windows RT tablet is a little higher. It’s interesting to see how tightly Microsoft is controlling access to RT, given how much catching up it needs to do with iPad.