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HTC reveals Windows Phone 7 plans

HTC reveals Windows Phone 7 plans

HTC has outlined its intention to support Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system when it arrives in the autumn.

Eric Lin of HTC said: "I know that we're working with Microsoft. I know that we have access to the OS, to the tools, so I have every reason to believe that we're going to be there on day one."

The Taiwanese manufacturer was conspicuously absent from initial discussions as to which companies would support Windows Phone 7, with LG and Samsung getting most of the attention.

Mr Lin explained away this issue, claiming that they were only not included in reports because journalists took it as read that HTC would be involved.

He also revealed that Microsoft was taking a hard line with its limitations to manufacturer tinkering with Windows Phone 7 and HTC will not be able to add its Sense interface to sit atop the standard system.

"However, that doesn't mean that we can't do anything. We can add. We can't cover, we can't change, but we can add. So we're going to look at how we can add and how we can add value because of that," Mr Lin told Pocket Lint.

Microsoft has announced that manufacturers will not even be allowed to tamper with the design and colour arrangement on the homescreen, which means that smartphones could be chosen based on their hardware rather than their software for the first time in several hardware generations.

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