Acer (yes, Acer) thinks Windows 8 PC sales will do better in 2013

Of all the leaders of the various major PC OEM companies, none have been more critical of Microsoft and the launch of Windows 8 than Acer president JT Wong. He's frequently slammed Microsoft's Surface tablet and recently said that sales of Windows 8 PCs have not been successful so far, while atthe same time hyping the sales of the company Chromebook notebooks in the US.

Today, Wong seems to be singing a different tune as he now believes that Windows 8 will have a better chance at being successful sometime later this year. FoxBusiness.com reports that in an interview today, Wong said he was "far more comfortable than previously" about the chances of Windows 8, especially in the second half of 2013.

Wong would not give specifics on why he has this sudden change in attitude towards Windows 8. One possible reason is the rumor that Microsoft will cut the price of Windows 8 for touchscreen PCs by 75 percent for OEM makers later in the year.

Even if Windows 8-based notebook sales do increase, Wong believes that Acer's notebook sales will only grow by the single digits in terms of percentages in 2013; Acer will reveal its fourth quarter 2012 financial results on March 19th.

Source: FoxBusiness.com

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We all know that Windows 8 is not selling because it is horrible and not usable on so many levels, ok yes it is faster and you can learn how to use it, like learning how to drive in a reverse in the highway. yada yada we all know that.

Anyway, Windows Blue will be released the second quarter of 2013.

Acer and other companies already received Windows Blue beta builds to start building the hardware.

The guy looked and it and said, oh finally, they return most of the things in Windows 7 back

- Windows Next is coming inevitably
- The companies like Acer and HP and others will always receive the dev builds first to make the required machines
- The CEO had a look at it

BTW statcounter has windows 8 at %3.6 currently. I guess acer had a change of heart because when they actually got devices out there,they started getting sales.

I never understood why the CEO of a company who's bread and butter lies with Windows (8) would utter a negative outlook and not expect sales to nosedive. If you are negative about your own success possibility, why would consumers want to buy from you? I believe more that Acer's shareholders gave him a stern warning, than that Microsoft paid him, since his statement has a lesser impact on Microsoft than it has on Acer

Acer is a f**** joke. They throttled their W700 tablet well below the limit of the Ivy Bridge processor, effectively making an i5 processor behave like an i3, giving the middle finger to those who give them more money for the upgrade. This is not surprising in the long history of Acer computers. They always throttle their laptop so users are not getting the performance they pay for. Stay far away from Acer if you can.

Source:
http://community.acer.com/t5/A...st-issues/td-p/6873/page/40
http://forum.tabletpcreview.co.../54122-w700-throttling.html

Zephir365 said,
Acer is a f**** joke. They throttled their W700 tablet well below the limit of the Ivy Bridge processor, effectively making an i5 processor behave like an i3, giving the middle finger to those who give them more money for the upgrade. This is not surprising in the long history of Acer computers. They always throttle their laptop so users are not getting the performance they pay for. Stay far away from Acer if you can.

Source:
http://community.acer.com/t5/A...st-issues/td-p/6873/page/40
http://forum.tabletpcreview.co.../54122-w700-throttling.html

That's not true. the 3317u in the w700 is rated at 1.7Ghz,which it never goes below. Nobody is screwing you over. What you are mad about though is the turbo boost not running at its full potential. Turbo boost can go up to 2.6Ghz when temps permit,and when the temperature starts getting high,it starts downclocking towards 1.7Ghz to cool the chip down. Except,acer disables turboboost when you hit a certain temperature,a temperature that's much lower than what the chip can handle. Therefore you are not getting the best performance this chip can give.

The reason they MAY be doing this is because their cooling is insufficient to get the chip much higher. If you were to "unthrottle" the chip, you could be running in a temperature zone the device was not built to handle. Of course until that is tested,no one knows.

The temperature at which TB is disabled is around 60 deg C, which only causes the back of the device to be slightly warm. And what good is an i5 processor without TB, the i3 is faster without TB! (1.8 vs. 1.7)

Zephir365 said,
The temperature at which TB is disabled is around 60 deg C, which only causes the back of the device to be slightly warm. And what good is an i5 processor without TB, the i3 is faster without TB! (1.8 vs. 1.7)

im not saying you don't have a bone to pick with acer,i was just correcting you in that the cpu doesn't go below its rated and advertised speed.

btw my surface pro does the same thing too. when I have some time I will look through the cpu datasheet and try to find the registers responsible for this. There are probably registers that accept a temperature value that it will use to disable TB when that value is reached. We can probably increase this value.

Maybe he started to realize ASUS is aggressvely going after the low price PC market traditionally Acer's, and found out that you can't win a war without believing in its winnability.

As a touchscreen Asus laptop, This is definitely true in my case. It was between an acer and an asus q200 and the asus felt like a considerably better machine. The acer felt like a low end PC, which is exactly what they both were but the Asus didn't feel like the cheapest touch laptop I could find even though it was,

They will kind of have to do better in 2013, since Windows 8 was only released at the end of Oct. 2012, so for one, there are 12 total months there in 2013 as opposed to 2 total months in 2012. And for two, we can't go back in time and do have more sales in 2012...

yet he is the ceo of a multibillion dollar corporation

im sick and tired of neowin fanbots always disliking anyone or anything that seems negative towards "dear leader MS".

People are entitled to opinions and being a smart business man means changing those opinions if facts (or money) tell you to change them

Or maybe they just realized selling touch enabled tablets/desktops and laptops are what people are buying up after all..

That "last years model" with a coupon upgrade to 8 or factory install with 0 engineering effort doesn't make anyone any money..

Most likely the new "support" he referred to amounts to really big bucks from Microsoft that induced him to switch from saying bad things about Microsoft's Windows 8/Windows RT to saying good things about Microsoft. In other words, Microsoft has had to buy his "loyalty".