Acer Warns Microsoft to Watch Its Back if it Greenlights Surface
August 7, 2012 1:33 PM
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Unable to compete, OEM bemoans Microsoft decision to step up
Like King Theoden of
The Lord of the Rings,
Microsoft Corp. (
), old and gray, watched as Apple, Inc.’s (
) tablets, which were increasingly cannibalizing users' screen time, imperiled its kingdom. Like the king, Microsoft's advisors whispered false promises of security. Any day now a successful Windows tablet would come out...
. So Microsoft, at last awoken, took up the sword unveiling
-- a slick Windows 8 tablet that shocked the tech world.
Now its finding that some of its former allies have taken its awakening quite badly. Among those is Acer, Inc. (
Acer played the role of Wormtongue to Microsoft's Theoden, ever lofting big promises in the tablet space, and ever falling behind Apple misstep by misstep. Now the company
hisses at its former ally
for taking matters into its own hands.
Comments JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of Acer, in
The Financial Times
, "We have said [to Microsoft] 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."
Campbell Kan, Acer’s president for personal computer global operations, adds a not-so-subtle threat, suggesting, "If Microsoft … is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?"
Microsoft in regulatory filings has acknowledged that its
OEMs may be hurt
by Surface. But the key thing to note is that the whole reason that Microsoft entered this face was because its partners
failed, miserably, to compete against Apple
Acer's sour grapes are perhaps a testament to the overall weakness of its tablet line. J.T. Wang in Dec. 2011
called his company's product's "cheap" and "unprofitable
". Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) and others have outsold Acer in the emerging Android tablet market.
Even if Microsoft's Surface proves successful, volumes will likely remain relatively low, by Microsoft's own accounting. Thus companies like Samsung who have
promising Windows 8 tablet products
should be fine.
For companies like Acer, who lack viable tablet product of any flavor, there will likely be much bellyaching. But at the end of the day they forced Microsoft to make this decision in the first place, and if they focused on creating viable products rather than making hollow threats, then they would have far less to worry about.
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8/8/2012 8:53:05 AM
Acer makes decent stuff at cheap prices that beat HP, Dell etc. by at least $50 for the same innards. By all means - continue overpaying for the same stuff on the inside just to avoid the company that is a "HUGE joke".
Very happy with an Aspire laptop I picked up early this year for college. Same specs, $100 less than the HP's. $399 out the door at Microcenter for a SB i3.
I just talked 2 friends into getting Acer laptops. Similar (albeit updated) i3's for only $349. So far I've done software installs/prep work on one of them...again, nicely built.
I use Acer monitors at work; S231HLbid's. Decent monitors for the price.
10 years ago I would have never considered let alone recommended or bought any Acer products. Nowadays - everyone's cheaping out on parts unless you go business class (higher end Lenovo or Dell). Can't say I've seen any Acer stuff lately that was put together any less stable than HP, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, or Toshiba.
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