Acer Wants Microsoft to Butt Out of Tablets
Acer CEO JT Wang is the first head of a major PC maker to publicly take Microsoft to task
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 8, 2012 07:00 AM
Acer CEO JT Wang claims Microsoft will upset the historic balance between hardware and software by selling its own tablets and has warned it to "think twice" about it before creating "a huge negative impact for the ecosystem" and ticking off other brands too.
He is the first head of a major PC maker to publicly take Microsoft to task.
He said he told Microsoft "It is not something you are good at so please think twice" in an interview with the Financial Times.
The tone Acer's president of PC global operations Campbell Kan adopted was more threatening. "If Microsoft is going to do [a] hardware business, what should we do?" he said. "Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?"
It's probably an idle threat since Acer's business depends so heavily on Windows.
Surface is supposed to be a "design point" that sets a high bar so Microsoft-based devices can compete successfully with Apple, distinct from the kind of cheap goods that have troubled Acer lately. Microsoft seems to have accepted the fact that OEM commitments to its platform may suffer.
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