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Microsoft's tablet could hurt Windows ecosystem: Acer

2012/08/07 14:49:30

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Acer Inc., the world's fourth largest PC maker, said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.'s decision to enter the tablet market will have a negative impact on its Windows ecosystem.

"Of course, we discussed the situation internally after Microsoft unveiled its 'Surface' tablet, and we think the impact will be negative," said Acer spokesman Henry Wang.

"The move will have a negative impact on the Windows ecosystem because Microsoft cannot clearly define what its strategy is," he told CNA in a telephone interview.

Wang's remarks came after the Financial Times reported earlier Tuesday that Acer has urged Microsoft to reconsider its plan to launch its own tablet in October.

The newspaper said that J.T. Wang, Acer's chairman and chief executive, has asked the software giant to "think twice" because other PC brands may react negatively to the idea.

Acer has worked with Microsoft over the past two decades by incorporating the Windows operating system into its personal computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

But industry insiders believe the relationships between Microsoft and local brand-name PC makers may undergo changes following Microsoft's move, which is aimed at countering Apple's iPad and lightweight laptops.

The strategy could threaten other makers in the non-Apple Win-tel camp, industry analysts said. More broadly, the entry of Google, Amazon and Microsoft into the lower-priced laptop and tablet markets could squeeze the bottom line of companies like Acer in the long run.

The Taiwanese computer maker has its own "Iconia" tablet line, including models running on the Windows and Google Inc.'s Android platforms.

(By Jeffrey Wu)