TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Acer has become the world's third biggest PC maker after announcing its preliminary financial results for the second quarter.
Despite rising up the ranks of the world's PC OEMs table from fourth to third, Acer revealed that it barely managed to scrape up $14.48 million in profits, though that is still up from the $11.2 million it reported last quarter.
The results demonstrate the second positive quarter for Acer since the last quarter of 2011, when the firm posted a $212 million loss due to the world's financial crisis.
Many believe OEMs such as Acer will benefit from the launch of Windows 8, due for public release on 26 October.
However, in a conference call, Acer chairman and CEO JT Wang said that due to the "uncertainty of the Windows 8 ecosystem" the big growth expected in the second quarter turned out to be "medium growth".
Whether Wang was refering to the "uncertainty of the Windows 8" in terms of people not knowing for sure how well it will perform remains uncertain. Regardless, it doesn't appear that Acer thinks Microsoft's next operating system will be greatly beneficial to its bottom line this year. µ
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