Acer: Microsoft assisted in making of Aspire R7 Windows 8 PC

Last week, Acer got a lot of media attention when it revealed the Aspire R7, a new Windows 8 PC that can turn from a laptop to an all-in-one PC, thanks to a unique display hinge. Now Acer is claiming that Microsoft helped in the development of the Aspire R7.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Acer President Jim Wong revealed in a company investor conference today that Microsoft has set up a program specifically to support the development of higher end Windows 8 PC hardware, and the Aspire R7 was part of that program. Details about this new initiative were not revealed by Wong, saying only that Microsoft has been working more closely with PC makers in the last several months.

Acer executives such as Wong and its chairman J.T. Wang have been highly critical of Windows 8 in the past several months, along with Microsoft's launch of its own PC hardware with the Surface tablets. Now Wang claims that things are looking better on the Windows 8 front. He stated:

The sense of crisis is falling ... Even if they [Microsoft] are still doing the Surface, they do it cautiously and have become more considerate in dealing with partners in the ecosystem.

Information about an upcoming 8-inch Windows 8 tablet from Acer has been leaked to the Internet in the past few weeks. Wang would not confirm any plans to make smaller Windows 8 tablets, saying that Acer prefers to not officially announce products until roughly two weeks before they are launched.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Acer

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That explains things. I wonder if Microsoft also assisted them on their other new Windows 8 products?

It's also interesting to see if other OEMs are getting some better hardware assistance.

wow Acer is supposed to be the OEM PC Maker but they cant make a good design without the help from Microsoft to show them how to make a good PC, shame on Acer.

korupt_one said,
wow Acer is supposed to be the OEM PC Maker but they cant make a good design without the help from Microsoft to show them how to make a good PC, shame on Acer.

True. When Windows 8 launched pretty much all OEM failed to have decent tablets, and availability was a catastrophe. Glad to see Microsoft having a more active role.

guess he changed his tune once all the chromebooks they shipped to retailers were all returned,and then realized the only profit they can make from their cheesy android tablets is $2. welcome to reality.

and maybe he now decided to be a good little boy once Microsoft practically gave away windows 8 upgrades and screwed with pc makers who were starting to get out of line.

hope you enjoyed eating that hard rice mr wang.

This is probably what a surface laptop would have been. Acer lucked out on this one. Microsoft has been way too nice to Acer especially after all the crap Acer has done.

Microsoft hurt Acer by releasing a better, more popular product but lied about it's worldwide release date and hasn't even gave out a price yet. Microsoft have slowed down the uptake of devices, if the world knew the Surface Pro wouldn't be out until summer we would have bought an Acer, Samsung, HP or a Dell alternative.

It's a shame their attitude has been so negative, because this laptop's design is actually quite original and compelling for a laptop convertible. It doesn't strike me as suffering from the most common convertible shortcomings:

1. flimsy - positioning the screen rarely feels sturdy or reliable
2. fragile - DON'T SPIN IT TOO FAR YOU'LL RUIN EVERYTHING OH GOD
3. strict - docking convertible? don't expect much freedom of movement for the screen

This hinge design looks like it could take a bit of a beating, offers all the form factor freedom of a swivel model, gets the touch screen closer to the user, tries something new with the touch pad, and is an intriguing design for future docking solutions, too--a tablet that docks from the middle to a hinge could give you the mobility of a docking tablet and the flexibility of something permanently affixed.

If the specs are any good, I might actually pick one up. I'd have to shower for days to wash off the stink of owning an Acer product, but this just comes too close to that gadgety feel of new tech a few decades back, in a good way.

Actually, when I saw that this machine also supports wacom digitizer, I realized that it's a first Tablet PC with such a big wacom enabled FullHD screen. For artist that's a must buy.

And acer isn't that bad for quite a while now, my brother and sister using acer netbooks with AMD fusion CPU-GPU's that deliver superior performance compared to other netbooks of same generation. They also have good built quality for it's rather cheap price. I also have a really nice multi-touch monitor from Acer which doesn't even have any real competition at the moment.

Just looked up, actually it isn't clear yet what kind of pen input is available for it, might be just a regular capacitive stylus, which is a meh. but still it's a pretty good value for money as it is.

These guys are such bold faced hypocrites its mind boggling. I personally hope MS accelerates its Surface plans and grows the family quickly, solid design, good support, I certainly wont be buying any other PC brand.

efjay said,
These guys are such bold faced hypocrites its mind boggling. I personally hope MS accelerates its Surface plans and grows the family quickly, solid design, good support, I certainly wont be buying any other PC brand.

A Surface all-in-one in the 24-27 inch range would be nice.

Exactly! am surprised how they don't realize that there is no replacement for Windows at this point in time and blaming it for their failures is just plain stupid. Windows 8 has everything to beat OSX or Linux on desktop, they just need a matching and tuned hardware.

If Microsoft comes with a Haswell based Ultrabook, I will be the first one to buy period. I had enough of these OEMs with crap hardware, drivers and trial-ware.