Acer continues to speak out on Microsoft's decision to build Surface

By on November 5, 2012, 11:30 AM

Acer has once again spoken out against Microsoft and their just-released Surface tablet. In a recent interview with Tencent Technology, Acer’s Greater China president Lin Xianlang likened making hardware to food. His comments were roughly translated as he described Microsoft's entrance into the hardware game as being similar to consuming hard rice that isn’t very easy to eat. Translation aside, he’s essentially saying that Microsoft should stick with software and leave hardware to the experts.

Acer has been one of the most vocal partners when it comes to voicing an opinion about Microsoft’s foray into building hardware. The company initially believed that Microsoft’s move was just temporary and would be used as a segue to get other manufacturers involved in building Windows 8 tablets.

That tune changed a couple of months later as Acer publically said they were given a brief notice before Microsoft announced surface and that launching branded hardware would have a negative impact on other brands and the ecosystem as a whole.

It seems that truer works couldn’t have been spoken as Acer recently revealed plans to delay their Windows RT offerings until the second quarter of 2013. The reason, according to Acer president Jim Wong, is the Surface tablet.

During an interview with Reuters, Wong said Microsoft’s tablet is making them much more cautious and they’d rather wait and see how Surface does and how hard Microsoft pushes it. The fact that Microsoft doesn’t have to pay licensing fees for the operating system and Office has allowed them to competitively price Surface starting at $499.




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1 person liked this | m4a4 m4a4 said:

Grow some balls and make a better tablet? All I see is a grown man complaining instead of doing something better...

SCJake said:

Acer is just whining because theyre, while relatively reliable, mediocre (at best) hardware with massive margins no longer cuts it and they have to redo their business model. +1 to MS for the Surface Pro. first "tablet" im actually considering

Guest said:

Acer makes low end equipment. Microsoft is no longer being just a partner but a competitor, with a distinct advantage. Acer will most likely just reverse engineer MS Surface and come out with there own version next year.

Guest said:

How is this news?

Acer makes low-end garbage, not premium hardware that would most likely be found on Win8 (or WinRT) ecosystem. The CEO is yammering, because they can't make high-qaulity stuff and missed out on the WinRT front because they had their head in Androids butt.

Acer's CE) isn't fooling anyone with his, but himself.

MilwaukeeMike said:

My favorite part... 'The fact that Microsoft doesn?t have to pay licensing fees for the operating system and Office has allowed them to competitively price Surface starting at $499.'

Yeah, no licensing fees.. .just a couple dozen million to build the OS. I've read industry analysts say that Apple would be in trouble if Samsung really pushed to price them out of the market. Samsung doesn't have to build an OS and it costs them less than Apple to make a phone or tablet.

I'm glad we don't have to rely on Acer for quality Windows products.

Guest said:

"Samsung doesn't have to build an OS and it costs them less than Apple to make a phone or tablet"

Android is free. Windows RT aint.

Guest said:

Acer is whining because they aren't sure they can compete with Microsoft..

PinothyJ said:

It's an Acer :/.

The only thing Acer have going for them is constantly being mistaken by the layfolks as Asus...

Doctor John Doctor John said:

It's an Acer :/.

The only thing Acer have going for them is constantly being mistaken by the layfolks as Asus...

Isn't Asus just the plural?

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