One of the big concerns expressed when Microsoft and Nokia announced their partnership was if the move would alienate Microsoft’s current stable of OEMs (see LG's reaction); in particular HTC. The biggest reason for concern was the rumor that Nokia would be allowed to alter the Windows Phone 7 UI, something that HTC has traditionally done across all of their devices on Windows Mobile and Android with the Sense UI.

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou answered the question during a keynote appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"They're doing what they have to do. It won't be easy, but they're doing what they have to do. We are very committed to Windows Mobile, and we are one of their lead partners for Windows Phone 7. So we are positive, because this combination will surely make that ecosystem stronger. As a strong player [in this ecosystem], HTC will be a beneficiary from [their decision]."

What this means is that whatever makes the Windows Phone ecosystem stronger is good for HTC in the long term. It’s been said that HTC was a primary reason why Windows Mobile endured as long as it did. Keeping an ally such as HTC on your friends list has got to be one of Microsoft’s bigger priorities.

Do you think this is a true statement from HTC? Or is this simply the only answer they feel comfortable giving?

Source: Engadget