But one manufacturer not showing off Windows 8 tablets was Taiwan’s HTC, and various speculators reckon we shouldn’t expect to see such devices any time soon.
That’s the story according to sources of Bloomberg. Essentially, Microsoft is keen to restrict the number of ARM/Windows 8 RT devices in the first wave, and “opted not to work with HTC after initial discussions with the company”.
HTC’s ailing fortunes are supposedly to blame. The Taiwanese manufacturer recently cut its second-quarter sales forecast by 13%, and shares dropped 6.9% to NT$378 - their lowest in two years.
It’s also pointed out that HTC doesn’t exactly have a great track record in the tablet field to date. We’ve had the HTC Flyer, HTC Evo View 4G, and HTC Jetstream, all of which – incidentally – are stuck on Honeycomb (Android 3.0).
One source hints that HTC might’ve rocked the boat by pushing for a customised home screen, to make its Windows 8 tablets stand out. Oops.
However, one chap says HTC might get a look in during the second wave of Windows 8 tablets - in 2013. Poor HTC.