The Surface tablet represents a departure for Microsoft, inserting themselves into the field of personal computing manufacturing that traditionally they have left to third parties while they made the OS. Now that this relationship is in jeopardy, Acer CEO J. T. Wang has expressed reservations about what Microsoft is planning to do in an increasingly challenging PC hardware market.
“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” said Acer CEO J. T. Wang. “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.”
“If Microsoft … is going to do hardware business, what should we do ” Campbell Kan, Acer’s president for personal computer global operations asked. “Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives ”
Source: Financial Times