Acer CEO still likes Windows 8; doesn't like Surface

Acer CEO JT Wang stirred up the Internet earlier this week with some choice quotes about his views on Microsoft's Surface tablet plans. He said that Microsoft should "think twice" about entering the PC hardware market with the Windows 8/RT tablet, telling Microsoft, "It is not something you are good at ..."

Today, Digitimes has a new article where Wang added to his feelings about the Surface tablet and Windows 8 in general. Wang stated that Acer still plans to release Windows 8-based products. He added that he is the "most optimistic CEO about Windows 8" and that Wang has given the OS his "highest rating."

Having said all that, Wang still feels that Microsoft's release of the Surface will still have a negative effect on the current PC hardware ecosystem and has made contact with Microsoft to talk about his concerns.

Wang also claims that PC makers were not given a heads up on Microsoft's plans for Surface before the company announced the product in June. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has already claimed that the company did in fact alert other PC makers about their plans for the tablet ahead of time.

Wang also claims that Microsoft is looking at a number of price points for the Surface tablet. In his opinion, Wang says that if the tablet is priced at $199, it would have a "rather significant impact" on the PC market, but that would be lessened if the Surface is priced around $499.

Source: Digitimes

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I welcome his comments, at least it's not more of the same Microsoft ass-kissing and acting as though Surface is some sort of god-like device crafted by the lord himself...

Plus I think he has more credibility that anyone in here to say the least.

199 dollar? He knows damn well they can't offer it at that price. He's just saying that to make it seem like surface is overexpensive when MS announces their real price

SharpGreen said,
Acer likes windows 8, hates surface. World still couldn't care less.

so true like its ACER i'm a technician for a retailer, I get so many acers in its not funny. Quit crying because your products suck

I understand his concerns if he believed Microsoft might undercut the OEMs. However I don't believe that Microsoft plans to undercut when using such high cost materials and I think limiting Surface to only Microsoft Stores means that it is not much of a threat to most OEMs. However I do think there is a legitimate concern that consumers hold out for the "official" hardware and view OEM hardware as illegitimate in some way. I hope that won't happen as I've seen a ton of OEM hardware which is fantastic. I think ultimately Surface will be a lot like the Nexus line of Android tablets/phones (popular amongst the enthusiasts, but not the best sellers).

Yea I totally agree. Any OEM that is complaining about the Surface are just scared that MS was able to actually come up with something they couldn't.

So many companies have been given the opportunity to make better products since the IPHONE, IPAD AND THE MACBOOK AIR came out. Hell even the current old MacPro has an amazing chassis design and no major MFR has made a chassis like the MacPro. Not even close.

All the crap tablets that have come out are not at the same level. The MacBook Air since first release is still better than the current crap that is being released today. I think the Lenovo X1 Carbon is a contender with a great trackpad. The NEC Lavie Z looks the part if the specs hold up to be true and hope to come to the US. Dell is starting to coming around but still lack vision on new designs. HP had their media darling Spectre but haven't really followed up with anything great since. Screens are this crap resolutions. Just give us 1600x900 please. You don't need more on a 14-15" screen but I will take a higher resolution gladly.

The surface is an amazing build for MS and it speaks volumes on their goals and where they want everyone to be. Some media outlets says that they do not think its a reference design piece but it sure looks like it. Make a better tablet everyone!! This crap you are releasing is just crap. Concentrate on a good tablet not many mediocre or crap tablets.

I will be first in line to get the Surface Pro. No question.

Acer go suck it.

mrmomoman said,
So many companies have been given the opportunity to make better products since the IPHONE, IPAD AND THE MACBOOK AIR came out. Hell even the current old MacPro has an amazing chassis design and no major MFR has made a chassis like the MacPro. Not even close.

All the crap tablets that have come out are not at the same level. The MacBook Air since first release is still better than the current crap that is being released today. I think the Lenovo X1 Carbon is a contender with a great trackpad. The NEC Lavie Z looks the part if the specs hold up to be true and hope to come to the US. Dell is starting to coming around but still lack vision on new designs. HP had their media darling Spectre but haven't really followed up with anything great since. Screens are this crap resolutions. Just give us 1600x900 please. You don't need more on a 14-15" screen but I will take a higher resolution gladly.

The surface is an amazing build for MS and it speaks volumes on their goals and where they want everyone to be. Some media outlets says that they do not think its a reference design piece but it sure looks like it. Make a better tablet everyone!! This crap you are releasing is just crap. Concentrate on a good tablet not many mediocre or crap tablets.

I will be first in line to get the Surface Pro. No question.

Acer go suck it.

People will not pay high apple prices for just design on the PC side, there too much competition. With apple the choice is very constrained.

Also PC users demand more for less, but Apple users get a low powered mac air latop with tiny storeage space and 1 usb slot for $1000.

mrmomoman said,

The surface is an amazing build for MS

And you know this... how? Since it has not been released, I know you haven't tried one out. Even the journalists didn't get much time with the devices when announced.

I'll wait to be amazed when I have used one.

What a cry baby. Be a man about it already and move on. Is he that insecure whether his company will be able to come up with something better?

I think the surface is going be priced around the $499 price range. I wouldn't expect them to deliver a metal tablet in that screen size below that.

He has reason to be worried because a lot of the hardware OEM's out there are not offering great looking hardware and it's just a sea of plastics. What we want is high quality metals.

Vice said,
I think the surface is going be priced around the $499 price range. I wouldn't expect them to deliver a metal tablet in that screen size below that.

He has reason to be worried because a lot of the hardware OEM's out there are not offering great looking hardware and it's just a sea of plastics. What we want is high quality metals.

The Surface isn't going to be cheap, because its genuinely all premium components.

Expect the cheap and cheaper tablets to come from the OEMs.


Am I the only one who doesn't give a **** about what Acer thinks. They should take a good look at themselves before saying "It is not something you are good at ..." to Microsoft, because IMO Microsoft did something Acer has never been able to do since it exists

Acer now rank 2nd after RIM in my "Companies I want to see fail" wish-list

Edited by PmRd, Aug 10 2012, 11:05pm :