HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software.

Ouch. This combined with the warning today that they would be far short of sales/revenue goals for the quarter equals a pretty horrible day for HTC.

That’s long-time partner Microsoft dissing them. Things with Android are going the wrong way. How long until HTC buys/builds their own OS?

They should fork Android. It’s totally the hip thing to do these days.