It’s well known that hardware manufacturers are none too happy about Microsoft’s foray into tablets with the Surface, and even the company itself had admitted it will screw over PC manufacturers. Acer’s CEO certainly shares that opinion — and he’s being fairly vocal about it.
“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.”
Wang wasn’t the only one to speak his mind, either. Campbell Kan, Acer’s president of PC global operations, explained:
“If Microsoft is going to [have a] hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?”
So get ready for, I don’t know, Ubuntu Acers? Clearly, there’s dissent amongst the ranks of once loyal Windows PC manufacturers. While Microsoft certainly doesn’t seem to be thinking twice about its latest, daring moves into hardware, it’s yet to be seen whether such a tactic will be alright in the long term. [Financial Times via All Things D]