Robert Budden and Sarah Mishkin, reporting for the Financial Times:
JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of Acer, said Microsoft’s
plans to launch its own “Surface” tablet in October — in direct
competition with his company’s Iconia or HP’s TouchPad tablets
would be “negative for the worldwide ecosystem” in computing. He
is the first head of a big PC maker to criticise Microsoft’s move
“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” he told the Financial
Times. “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.”
A little late for that now.
Campbell Kan, Acer’s president for personal computer global
operations, said the Taiwanese company was debating internally how
to respond to the Surface and any further challenges that could
arise if Microsoft expands further into hardware.
“If Microsoft … is going to do hardware business, what should we
do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other
alternatives?,” Mr Kan said.
Here’s the problem for Acer and all the other PC makers — what alternatives? Linux? No one wants it. Android? Google’s in the hardware business now too. That’s why Microsoft can make this play — the PC makers have no leverage.
★ Tuesday, 7 August 2012