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Acer warns Microsoft to ‘think twice’ over Surface plans

Acer head JT Wang has zinged Microsoft about its tablet-making skills, urging the software giant to ‘think twice’ about releasing the Microsoft Surface.

Wang says Microsoft should think again about making hardware because “it is not something you are good at” – coming from Acer that must really smart.

“We have said think it over. Think twice,” Wang told the FT, channelling Celine Dion.

“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.”

Slippery surface

Microsoft must have been expecting some backlash from its hardware partners, however; the Surface tablet stomps all over Acer, Asus, HP and others’ traditional turf with the added benefit of in-house expertise and influence over the Windows 8 operating system.

Acer is obviously also concerned that crappy hardware from Microsoft will devalue Windows 8 tablets in general, impacting its own sales in yet another way.

Don’t just take Acer’s word for it – check the Microsoft Surface out in action in our preview video below:

But there’s no guarantee yet that the MS tablet will be a poor device – it’s by no means perfect, but we didn’t think it was bad in our hands on Microsoft Surface review.

More than one way to skin a cat

Most manufacturers have not hedged their bets on just Windows 8 tablets, however – Acer has its Iconia Tab range which runs Android, while Asus’ Transformer Prime is widely regarded as top of the Android tablet pops.

Google, creator of the Android OS, also has its own line of hardware made by Asus with its first tablet, the Google Nexus 7, hitting that sweet spot of being not-hideous, not-expensive and not-awful-to-use.

But Android is open source, while Microsoft has always charged manufacturers a fee for selling Windows-running hardware, adding another level of gall to the decision to create its own hardware at an advantage no other manufacturer has.

Microsoft is taking heat from all corners over its Windows 8 plans; PC gaming companies Blizzard and Valve have criticised the software, while there have been rumblings of discontent from other hardware makers who are unhappy with the way Microsoft is keeping a tight leash on the first wave of products.

All this for an operating system that hasn’t even launched yet – the Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface release date is October 26.

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