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According to a Chinese Economic Times article, Microsoft is keeping a tight reign on quality control of their new Windows RT tablets by limiting the initial number of companies that can manufacture the tablets. Of course, Microsoft themselves will be making the Surface, but they are contracting with just a few manufacturers to make other Windows RT tablets. They are initially limiting this to Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo & Samsung. Other manufactures will be allowed to join the fray at Microsoft's discretion in January.
Microsoft basically told the three primary ARM manufacturers, Qualcomm, NVIDIA & Texas Instruments, that they could only pick two OEM partners to work with on the Windows RT tablets. NVIDIA chose Lenovo and Asus, Texas Instruments chose Toshiba and Qualcomm chose Samsung and HP. However, since HP bowed out of the race, Dell will fill in after January.
What do you guys think? Is Microsof overly cautious, or just learning from the mistakes of the industry and playing it smart?