When Microsoft announced its tablet, the Surface, everyone — including Microsoft itself, obviously — was aware that it would rustle the Jimmies of OEMs, however, they’ve mostly remained tight-lipped about the matter, at least publicly.
Not Acer, though. CEO JT Wang has come out and told the Financial Times that he urged Microsoft to “think twice” about going ahead and making their own hardware. Yes, they’re complaining about this despite the fact that Microsoft’s cooperation and compromise towards partners knows no bounds. He’s the first CEO of a major partner to publicly criticize the company about the Surface. Here’s what he said:
“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.”
They’ve been exceptionally bitchy about Microsoft’s decision to make their own hardware. This is the second time that someone from Acer has publicly expressed negativity towards the device; back in June, Oliver Ahrens, Acer’s senior VP and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa said that Microsoft could not be a hardware player with just two products, among other things.
In terms of shipments, Acer is the world’s fourth largest manufacturer. However, they are notorious for their exceptionally low-quality, subpar hardware. I’m fairly certain that insecurity and envy are at the root of these comments.