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Acer CEO: Microsoft Should "Think Twice" About Surface—Or Else

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It's well known that hardware manufacturers are none too happy about Microsoft's foray into tablets with the Surface, and even the company itself had admitted it will screw over PC manufacturers. Acer's CEO certainly shares that opinion—and he's being fairly vocal about it.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Acer CEO JT Wang decided to get some things off his chest. Best of all, he explained:

"We have said [to Microsoft] think it over. 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."

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Wang wasn't the only one to speak his mind, either. Campbell Kan, Acer's president of PC global operations, explained:

"If Microsoft is going to [have a] hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?"

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So get ready for, I don't know, Ubuntu Acers? Whatever, clearly, there's dissent amongst the ranks of once-loyal Windows PC manufacturers. While Microsoft certainly doesn't seem to be thinking twice about its latest, daring moves into hardware, it's yet to be seen whether such a tactic will be al lright in the long-term. [Financial Times via All Things D]

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Listen, if the other PC manufacturers would get off their collective asses creatively, Microsoft would never had the need to build one of these things. Just like the 2 screen slate thing from a couple years ago.

It is obvious that MS has been wanting to take PC computing in a new direction and the PC manufacturers have not seemed very interested in doing things different.

I get the impression that PCs have stagnated over the past 10-15 years. Very few innovations have been made. You can only boost clock speeds for so long before it gets pointless and I think we passed that point a long time ago. We need to be moving in new directions.

All it really takes is to look at Science Fiction to see all the ways that Computers could be way cooler and more useful.

If the PC manufacturers think they can do better than Microsoft, good luck.

I think Acer needs to put up or shut up.