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Acer Group, one of the world's top PC suppliers, was among the first to express concerns about Microsoft Corp.'s own-brand Surface media and productivity tablets. The company still believes that Surface will impact the whole ecosystem in the world and therefore Microsoft should think twice. Moreover, Acer may reconsider its strategies going forward in regards of Windows and even thinks about alternatives.

“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,” said JT Wang, the chairman of Acer, in an interview with Financial Times.

Microsoft itself has admitted in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission (SEC) that its forthcoming Surface media and productivity tablets will compete against third-party slate-type products that use Windows 8 operating system, which may lower the commitment of the company's partners to the platform.

“If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?,” said Campbell Kan, the president for personal computer global operations at Acer.

One of the reasons why Microsoft intends to release Surface is to set up a point of reference for Windows RT/8-based slates, something that hardware makers will have to look at and something that will be clearly competitive against products like Apple iPad in the eyes of the end-user. The particular problem for Acer is that it has so far failed to release a competitive media tablet powered either by Google Android or by Microsoft Windows. Therefore, the company has reasons to believe that a "standard" device from Microsoft will hurt its abilities to compete on the market of tablets in particular and will slowdown the adoption of Windows 8/RT platforms in general.

Bill Gates, a co-founder of Microsoft and the former chief executive officer of the company, said in an interview that Surface would not rival products from other makers of hardware and therefore would not impact value added resellers as well as distributors.

Tags: Acer, Microsoft, Surface, Windows 8, iPad

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just go android Jesus...

It is not like you don't have alternatives. This is the tablet world not the PC world where you can't just turn from windows to linux.
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/08/12 11:41:11 PM]
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Android =! Windows
Windows RT may be closer to it, but tablets with x86 CPU's (Ivy bridge for example) and Windows 8 can't really be replaced by android.
0 0 [Posted by: rower  | Date: 08/09/12 12:31:19 AM]
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depends what you do.
What you do with a x86 laptop/desktop can't be done anyway by a x86 tablet, and what you can do with a x86 tablet can be done with an android or ios tablet.

I mean you can't use the existing x86 applications in the ultra slow x86 cpu that a tablet require. Neither you can use the big monitor and mouse and keyboard interface of those apps.

On the other hand we see rewritten applications for the mobile platforms that perform great on the low power cpus and have specific UI for that form factor.

There is a great misunderstanding here, that if x86 windows 8 tablets hit the market, you will just be able to use your existing applications with them.

I personally don't expect photoshop to be usable in a tablet as is, neither any of my video games will be able to play in hardware that low.
1 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/09/12 06:43:39 AM]
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Ultra slow tablet cpu? You mean mobile Ivy bridge that is used in many ultrabooks? Paired with ssd its good enough for me for almost anything.
0 0 [Posted by: rower  | Date: 08/09/12 08:17:46 AM]
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I didn't knew that i5/7 U line can fit in a tablet, do you have any links for devices with that cpu?

1 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/09/12 10:44:58 AM]
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No specifics yet, but http://www.anandtech.com/...nia-w700-tablet-windows-8
from the article: "There's clearly an ultra-low voltage Ivy Bridge inside but I suspect this is more than just another Ultrabook chip."

And the MS Surface itself should have Ivy inside. I wouldn't hope for an i7, but can't see a reason why 17w i5 wouldn't fit in tablet.
Asus did it already with Sandy Bridge - Asus ePAD, or something like that(i5). I had hand's on with that and it was reasonably fast, and given Ivy's andvancements especially in power consumption...
1 0 [Posted by: rower  | Date: 08/10/12 01:05:07 AM]
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thanks, this seems very interesting
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/10/12 07:42:03 AM]
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You're welcome
0 0 [Posted by: rower  | Date: 08/11/12 06:12:10 AM]
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Acer makes crap products encased in cheap plastic. I have an Acer laptop (got it for my birthday) and the plastic easily flexes and the plastic grills for the exhaust are already falling apart. The LED screen isn't all that good either.

Acer is just bitching at Microsoft as they can't make competitive products.

Make some great products instead of whining like a little bitch.
1 1 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 08/09/12 08:14:08 AM]
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