Acer: No touch screen business Win 8 notebook until 2013

Acer has been upfront in its approval of Windows 8 and will support its touch screen interface with upcoming notebooks, tablets, hybrids and all-in-one PCs. However, it may be a while before the company offers up those same kinds of products specifically aimed at business customers.

ZDNet.com reports that, according to Acer president Jim Wong, the company has no plans to offer a touchscreen Ultrabook for Windows 8 business users until sometime in late 2013. Wong stated:

The consumer market is moving faster than the commercial market. In commercial [ultrabooks] there will be no touch until the second half of next year. Commercial markets are always considering application [compatibility].

Acer has its own brand of business notebooks, TravelMate, that include some additional security features compared to its consumer products. Wong said that if business users want to go ahead and get a touchscreen Ultrabook based on Windows 8, they can purchase the newly revealed Aspire S7 notebook (shown above) when it launches later this fall.

And what about the prices for its upcoming Windows 8 products? Acer, and indeed most of the other PC makers, have yet to reveal how much their Windows 8 devices will cost. Wong said the reason for that is simple: The back-to-school shopping season is still underway. He said, "Now is the very end of the back-to-school cycle. Do you want to talk about it now, hurting your back-to-school business, or wait a bit?"

Wong also repeated the company's stance that it will make a Windows RT device at some point, but no other details were mentioned.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Acer

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The largest TabletPC/Touch market for PCs is and always has been the business market.

Some of our largest clients which two are the largest companies in their market in the world deploy 10s of thousands of Touch and TabletPC units for office and field use.

Acer you have never been competitive in the 'business' world, and apparently you never want to be...

Wise move by Acer...wait for the consumer novelty element to wear off and see if there is enough traction for business users. Depending on an OEM's philosophy: (a) design for businesses and allow any consumer fallout to happen, or (b) design for consumers and hope that business may follow.

efjay said,
Who would buy an Acer device? No big loss.

"From time to time, Acer executives will pound their chests and announce plans for the company to overtake Hewlett-Packard as the world's top computer seller." From NYTimes.
There are many countries where Acer is no.1 or 2 best selling brand, mainly because of their price.

efjay said,
Who would buy an Acer device? No big loss.

By the end of the year Acer will be the 3rd buggest OEM, by the time of this release who knows, they could be about to overtake HP to take 2nd biggest.

thealexweb said,

By the end of the year Acer will be the 3rd buggest OEM, by the time of this release who knows, they could be about to overtake HP to take 2nd biggest.

I agree they are the buggiest.

Acer has had their hands in OEM products more than they have produced their own brand products up until a couple of years ago.

A lot of smaller companies use a variety of Acer parts. This is where the 'size' of the hardware return comes from, not in actual Acer brand computers.


thenetavenger said,

I agree they are the buggiest.

Acer has had their hands in OEM products more than they have produced their own brand products up until a couple of years ago.

A lot of smaller companies use a variety of Acer parts. This is where the 'size' of the hardware return comes from, not in actual Acer brand computers.


Typo

What does a touchscreen do to create application incompatibility? Seems like businesses could just disable the touchscreen if needed. This seems very short sighted to me.