Acer Boasts Strong Chromebook Sales, Still Slams Windows 8
January 28, 2013 9:27 AM
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Chrome makes up as much as 10% of Acer's US sales
Acer has been having a difficult time in the computer market over the last several quarters, and has posted consecutive annual losses. Acer also announced during its latest quarterly report that it had taken $120 million write-off due to the declining value of Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines-branded computers.
Despite these troubles, the company is touting strong sales of its Chromebooks that use Google’s Chrome OS, while still talking negatively about
Acer says that notebooks running Chrome OS account for 5 to 10% of its U.S. shipments since the machines were released here in November. Acer President Jim Wong said that he expects the ratio of Chrome sales to be sustainable in the long term. He also said that the company is considering offering additional Chrome OS models in other developed markets.
Acer C7 Chromebook
Acer and many other computer makers are looking for alternatives to the Windows operating system because consumers continue to stick with older versions of the operating system rather than upgrade to the latest version.
“Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong. “The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.”
criticized Windows 8
earlier this month alleging that Microsoft was getting marketing for its new operating system wrong.
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Windows 8 failure, or Acer failure?
1/28/2013 1:27:05 PM
Chromebooks accounting for 10% of Acer sales could mean Chromebooks are doing well... or it could mean Acer sales are terrible so that even a small number of Chromebook sales make up a reasonable portion of their overall sales.
Also, is this the same Acer who's crapping on Windows 8 and is one of the two manufacturers (Dell being the other) who seems to have reasonable availability of a touchscreen stand alone monitor designed for Win8?
And the Acer who were one of the first to market with Windows 8 Core i5 tablets?
Considering how much they hate Windows 8, they are doing their best to be at the forefront of offering Windows 8 focused products.
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