HTC announced that it will continue to use Sense in WP devices despite stringent control from Microsoft.
HTC told Forbes that it will continue to run their upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices with its propriety user interface shell called Sense despite Microsoft wanting the contrary.
“Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience [in Windows Phone 7], but we can still innovate,” Drew Bamford, Head of HTC’s User Experience Design Team reportedly told Forbes.
From the outset, Microsoft have been eager to maintain a more controlled environment around Windows Phone 7 devices to maintain a more fragmented, standardize work table for manufactures and users.
Bamford also said that the new WP7 centric Sense UI will help “augment” the experience of the new OS rather than entirely replace much of the default styling of it.
“We won’t be able to replace as much of the core Windows Phone experience, but we will augment it,” he said.