Microsoft is blocking HTC from making devices for its forthcoming Windows RT tablet platform, after HTC slashed its second-quarter sales projections by 13%.
According to Bloomberg, HTC might still release a “second round” tablet device running Windows RT early next year.
However, HTC has reportedly been “locked out” of building a “first round” device when Windows RT is released later this year, with Microsoft focusing on partners it believes can deliver greater sales volumes and more experience with tablet devices.
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Many analysts are expecting HTC to record a 12% year-on-year fall in sales, with many consumers switching to Samsung Galaxy and Apple iOS devices.