Via the Financial Times:
JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of Acer, said Microsoft’s plans to launch its own “Surface” tablet in October – in direct competition with his company’s Iconia or HP’s TouchPad tablets would be “negative for the worldwide ecosystem” in computing.
He is the first head of a big PC maker to criticise Microsoft’s move publicly.
“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” he told the Financial Times. “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.”
Microsoft is the company that stopped calling its new interface “Metro” because a European retailer complained, so maybe they’ll give in to Acer’s threats too. Not likely, but the storm brewing between Microsoft and its partners is no joke. When Surface launches, it’s going to impact PC manufacturers much more than its intended target, Apple.