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HP fears no tablet

When Microsoft announced that it was getting into the first-party hardware market with its own line of tablets, it left a lot of Microsoft partners in the PC industry unhappy. One of the most vocal was Acer, which was clearly unhappy with having to compete directly against Microsoft in the tablet market.

Chairman and chief executive of Acer, JT Wang, said in an interview not long after Surface was announced, "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."

While Acer is clearly unhappy with having to compete against the Surface RT tablet and other Microsoft tablets, other computer manufacturers don't seem to mind at all. Lenovo for instance hasn't had an issue at all in competing with Surface on the market today.
On the other hand, HP’s PC business chief Todd Bradley took a few shots at Surface in an interview with IDG Enterprise. "I'd hardly call Surface competition," said Bradley. "[It has] very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it .... It's expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe."

HP executive John Solomon took a more diplomatic approaching, stating, "I believe Microsoft was basically making a leadership statement and showing what's possible in the tablet space. Our relationship has not changed at all due to Microsoft's announcement. In fact, I applaud it -- I think it's great that they are getting out in front and [showing] what's possible."

Solomon added, “We will be very focused on the commercial tablet opportunity, which is completely under-penetrated. And, we have some unique intellectual property that we’re going to apply.”

Sources: The Verge, AllThingsD

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Put up or shut up.
By Flunk on 11/15/2012 10:18:37 AM , Rating: 5
If HP things they can do better, I suggest they stop talking and just do it. It's easy to say things, but performing is another thing entirely.

When did HP ever have a compelling tablet offering?

RE: Put up or shut up.
By DanNeely on 11/15/2012 10:52:57 AM , Rating: 5
When they firesaled Touchpads for $100.

RE: Put up or shut up.
By Mitch101 on 11/15/2012 12:04:44 PM , Rating: 1
They going to learn to turn down logging this time before they leave the factory?

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RE: Put up or shut up.
By CZroe on 11/15/2012 11:51:48 AM , Rating: 2
They're talking about their own Windows 8 offerings.

RE: Put up or shut up.
By othercents on 11/15/2012 1:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
They don't have a Windows 8 Tablet and we already know there is some sacrifice running RT. Now the question is if someone will come out with a iCore Tablet at the same price point.

RE: Put up or shut up.
By CZroe on 11/15/2012 9:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Did I need to specify FUTURE?

RE: Put up or shut up.
By NellyFromMA on 11/16/2012 2:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't HP already abyssmally fail in the tablet space? I guess his point is "takes one to know one" or something?

Naturally, the next stage in the conversation is "sticks and stones can break my bones but my tablets will never take off - unless they are driven by Win 8 Pro".

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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