Acer CEO on Microsoft Surface: “It is not something you are good at so please think twice”

Acer CEO on Microsoft Surface: “It is not something you are good at so please think twice”
Microsoft’s hardware partners are definitely not happy about the Microsoft Surface. Moreover, Acer chief executive spelled it right out, straight and honest to Microsoft: “It is not something you are good at so please think twice.”

That was the advice JT Wang, Acer’s CEO, gave to Microsoft about its upcoming Surface tablet.

The reason? The device will compete directly with other tablets from manufacturers like Acer, HP, Dell and others, and this alone would be “negative for the worldwide ecosystem.”

Wang reiterated that Microsoft should think twice, and while other manufacturers have kept comfortably quiet, it seems that the Acer chief executive is spelling out the thoughts of not just Acer, but other companies as well.

Microsoft seems to understand that it could break a well-working relationship where it provides the platform and others are competing in hardware, but the company obviously considers that tablets and smartphones have disrupted the industry so much that it needs to step up with a product of its own.

“Our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM [original equipment manufacturer] partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform,” Microsoft admitted in a regulatory filing earlier.

While Wang criticized Microsoft’s initiative to go into hardware, he was excited about Windows 8 and the optimization for touch. Still, Acer felt challenged by the Surface tablet and has at least discussed whether it should stay with Microsoft or find alternatives.

source: FT

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37 Comments

1. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh please ACER please look on your device... do you think they are up to good?!... i have an acer loptop only lasted 1 1/2 year... acer make substandard loptops!

4. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

And their tabs sucks Touch screen not responsive / sensitive enough Screen sucks , update slow Not to mention their phones , comes with a terrible skinned version of android . Their skin made android a lot worse Asus > acer

29. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I've never had issues with Acer desktop displays (20" and 24" for multiple clients), or Acer laptops and Netbooks. Yet, I see HP, Dell, and Toshiba laptops die left and right. That's just my experience.

33. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

agree with you asus loptop is better than acer... i bought a new one and its asus.. and its really better!

34. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

and what i dont really understand is that people in asia likes american name (hp, dell, apple, etc) and america likes using asian name (samsung, htc, asus, etc)

36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

i have a pentium 4 Acer notebook still going strong... bought 2000. I also have a gateway net book that is ok also. M$ is mimicking Apple and Apple don't have OEM to divide out their 77% of global Smart devices profit. Trillons dollar company, making M$ red in the eyes. So M$ is going to burn their ex-partner OEM alive. Its just a matter of timing.

5. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Sorry I want to thumb you up but clicked the wrong button

10. Schuler2828

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

You must be insane I have an Acer laptop and it has lasted much longer than hp it over heats and battery gone Sony, they were old and slow broke soon. But by far the Acer laptop I have has lasted a good 5 years including a 3 year old standing on it all the time. I've had a good experience and will definetley buy an Ultrabook when this ones done for. What brand do you recommend then?

31. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

asus and sony makes good loptop! my problem with acer is very normal... i read some people having same issue.. its all because of motherboard! they will just broke down after the waranty... i didnt even touch anything of it! and i didnt bought it in my country.... its from the outside. hawaii to be exact!

38. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Actually every brand is almost the same But acer's reliability in their PC is below average Depends on how much you willing to spend on a pc A usd1500 acer is defiantly better than a usd700 hp

20. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Agreed.. its been 2 years for my Acer and already its keys have started to come apart, got the keyboard replaced 3 times.. My HP/Compaq6710b notebook still works which i got back in 2006 and has never given any problem, even the keyboard is in good shape!!... Never again going to buy Acer.

32. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeh... i have compaq too... and its almost six years and still working.. i have some issue with it before but just im my shock it repair itself..

25. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

i had to call Acer's technician once a year for repair. Even changed the whole mother board twice in 5 years

27. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Never get a acer laptop. In mine it crashes if cpu frequency is set to max. Dell is best ?

28. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yes, Acer really cheaps out on their products. Their monitors are decent but the displays on most of their laptops are quite bad compared to other OEMs and despite being called out on this Acer simply keeps churning out the same tired stuff. What happened to the claim that they will start creating high quality products to compete with the likes of Apple?

30. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Look at Acer out of 1000000000 tablets or laptops tout there. The ratio is (Acer)10 : 10000000000 (Other manufacturers) lolzzzzzzzzzzz

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i would want to know what Asus has to say about this... but seriously, the surface is good. acer... uhh... sucks?

3. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Microsoft's hardware was allways top-notch. Acer's isn't.

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I think what MS is doing is GREAT!!! Basically MS is saying this is what it should be now top that which i love

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Mr. Wang...There is a reason for MS to build their own tablet...Partners like you have failed terribly to make a good tablet!

9. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

well said!! What Mr. Wang and perhaps even other OEMs are failing to grasp is that Microsoft may have had to take the drastic step of manufacturing its own hardware because companies like Acer are incapable of doing a good job.

8. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Maybe Mr. Wang should take a look at some of Acer’s own products before telling others they are not good at something.

11. rigorimpossible

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

give me a break acer ... just look how ugly your products are ...

12. zeljonsu

Posts: 22; Member since: May 24, 2012

Acer: “It is not something you are good at so please think twice” Microsoft: well LOOK WHO'S TALKING?! hahahahahahaha!!

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Make a better tablet thn the Surface or STFU!

14. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Even though I don't like Acer, I have to agree... Xbox failure rate = 54%

16. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

Oh sure!! Its not like PS3 disc drives don't fail? What was that? The yellow light of death for the PS3 doesn't ring a bell?

22. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Eh, all consoles have failure rates; but none of them got to as high as 54%

37. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Xbox 18 months number one console and still going strong. 54% must be >5 years ago.

17. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

The idea is to win an audience by making better products...

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