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Acer's Chairman Issues Stern Warning to Microsoft over Surface Tablet


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Acer chairman and chief executive J.T. Wang, seems to fancy himself an old-school style mob-boss, if his latest statements are considered. He recently had some strong words to say to Microsoft in regards to the Surface Tablet. Here's a quote with the details,

Acer chairman and chief executive J.T. Wang this week told the Financial Times that Microsoft's foray into the tablet market would be bad for its partner ecosystem and that he doubted whether a software company could produce a good product, anyway.

"We have said [to Microsoft] think it over," Wang was quoted as saying by the London newspaper. "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."

The Financial Times noted that Wang "is the first head of a big PC maker to criticize Microsoft's move publicly," but other Microsoft partners, notably Hewlett-Packard, have reportedly been grumbling about the Surface.

It makes sense that these old-world PC manufacturers would look at things like this. The formula for success for the longest time has always been that Microsoft makes the software, Intel makes the CPU, and the OEMs, like Acer, Dell, & HP put the hardware together for a profitable product. Unfortunately, that paradigm has shifted because of the disruptive nature of the new tech that is changing the world, namely tablets (and especially the iPad). Microsoft has seen the writing on the wall on this one, but the old OEMs seem to be holding on too tight to the old ways. They have forgotten the first credo in business... "adapt or die."

Source: PCMag
On the other hand Lenovo apparently has no problem with Microsoft and is planning on releasing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 a Windows 8 Pro tablet which will be available as 3G or LTE on AT&T or as a wifi only model. It is set to be released in October when Windows 8 is released. Guess who is going to be in better shape when it comes to selling Windows tablets Lenovo who is making and releasing products to compete with Miscrosoft hardware or Acer who sits back and cries that everything is ruined?

The Tablet 2 will likely be expected to do heated battle with Microsoft's own Surface in the waning months of the year. Look for it to launch in October around the same time as Windows 8 (likely even the same day); pricing is yet to be announced.

Source: Lenovo announces ThinkPad Tablet 2, its first Windows 8 tablet (hands-on) | The Verge