Things have not really been working out for the Taiwan-based company. It had recently cut its sales target for the second quarter by around 13 percent. Also, its shares are currently trading at a 2-year low. And now it has nothing to look forward to, atleast in terms of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8.
The report said that Microsoft has kept HTC out of the development of Windows 8 tablets. Some sources indicate that there may be some concerns regarding the Taiwanese tech giant’s device sales numbers or its experience in the tablet segment- HTC has launched just two tablets so far, both running Google’s Android OS and neither being very successful.
Microsoft had previously said that it is working closely with manufacturing companies to launch many tablets based not only on Intel processors, but also on ARM. Windows 8 will be the first version of Windows to run on both conventional computers like PCs and laptops, as well as on tablets. Windows 8 RT has been designed for devices running on ARM processors.
Both Microsoft and HTC have seen a change in their relationship in the past few months. Microsoft has made Nokia a more prominent partner while HTC seems to have changed its focus to Google’s Android OS.