Lenovo CEO confident Microsoft makes strong software, not the best hardware

Lenovo CEO confident Microsoft makes strong software, not the best hardware
Microsoft’s plans to build and bring to market its own series of Surface tablets was a shocking announcement. For users, but mostly for Redmond’s own partners, none of which seems to like Microsoft’s deicsion. One particular device manufacturer however isn’t scared at all - Lenovo.

"Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor. [They're] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft," Lenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing said at a confernec call.

"They are strong in software, but [we] don't believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can," the Lenovo head added.

Now, we like the confidence Yang expresses in both Lenovo and the Windows 8 platform, but it’s hard to overlook the criticism towards Microsoft here.

Acer’s chief executive earlier was quite frank: "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."

source: CNET



17. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

If MS could't make great hardware, then their "competitors" would not be reacting this way... I expect great devices from MSFT, and I also expect for Lenovo and Acer to step their game UP to match MSFT for Windows running tablets! The more competition, the better.

13. gurpreet1100

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

I bought the z580 ideapad after a week touchpad didn't working.I complained to the service center lenovo(India). They said in 7 days any part of your laptop is not working then we give you a new one after 7 days we only change the laptop touchpad.I'm only 1 day late. Till now i am facing so much problem with my laptop touchpad.

12. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is precisely why Microsoft did this, so these other OEMs will compete and compete hard. And yes, they (OEMs) might just produce a better product than what MS can produce. And that will be a very good thing!

15. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Exactly, that's why Google partnered with Asus on the Nexus 7, to lower prices and encourage fierce competition and innovation.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If the item is price the same, i will buy a M$ surface for sure. That is if i need a tablet that also play the role of an ultra portable.

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

They are worried because Microsoft will disrupt the market and that means it will no longer be set by OEM's who are half assing it. They will have to bring their A game if Microsoft prices its tablet like that. That includes lowering their prices.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yea but there is no way they can price lower than Microsoft. Look at it like Walmart vs competing grocery chains. Due to Walmart's sheer buying power, they can get a product for a lower price, and make profit of it, while a competing chain cant even price it competitively without losing money. Microsoft is walmart in this case, because they dont have to pay the $35 or whatever it is per OS installation, so that means that the competitor has to lose money just to compete.

14. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Yeah but the same can be said about big hardware manufacturers like Lenovo and HP that have a considerable cost advantage over Microsoft when it comes to producing hardware. Microsoft would likely have to contract out the manufacturing of hardware to a partner while Acer, or Lenovo in this case, have in-house manufacturing and supply chain advantages. Aside from the software fee which I agree with you on, I'm not convinced Microsoft will be able to price their tablets much lower.

8. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

I like the stance that Lenovo is playing oppose to acer (complaining like little bitc*e$). In previous articles you can see that microsoft has devoted much of their time to the construction of Surface (working to set the bar high for MS products). The OEM's should be taking notes and truely see how miscrosoft will change the future with there tablet approach.

6. Chakra

Posts: 137; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Many would say Lenovo makes strong hardware, not the best hardware.

5. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

All I can say is I own an xbox and I'm on my fourth because the hardware sucks, so if that is Microsoft's track record for hardware development, Asus just might be on to something.

7. Chakra

Posts: 137; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Sucks. I had the original xbox, and when the circle ring of death happened, had it replace. Been working like a champ since. All the while, I'm on my 3rd PS3. I guess YMMV truly holds in this case eh

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

If you are on your 4th Xbox, home slice there is something wrong with you!

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

So many bashing against Microsoft, I hope Ms won't fall into it

3. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012

I'm proud with Lenovo's confidence and I expect some pretty good tablets from them!

2. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

You mean they can't compete in quality (my opinion) so they mock them?

1. MeoCao unregistered

Don't pretend you are somebody. So far nothing from the OEMs including Lenovo beats Surface.

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