Acer’s CEO tells Microsoft to ‘think twice’ about Surface

By on August 7, 2012
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“…will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem.”

We knew that OEM partners weren’t so excited about Microsoft making their own Windows 8 based tablets, but it’s always interesting to hear the opinion of a huge player say that their partner firm isn’t making a good decision.

Talking to Financial Times, Acer’s CEO J.T. Wang said that that Microsoft’s Surface tablets will be in direct competition with Acer’s own tablets, and those from other partner firms as well.

We have said think it over. Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice,” Wang said. Indeed the company is now thinking how to respond to the Surface tablets, as are, no doubt, other partner firms as well.

Source: Reuters

If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?,” said Campbell Kan, Acer’s President for PC Global Operations.


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