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Acer delays Windows RT tablets due to Microsoft Surface RT launch

Takes a wait and see approach
Wed Oct 31 2012, 14:10
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SYSTEM BUILDER Acer said it delayed the launch of its Windows RT tablets due to Microsoft's high profile launch of the Surface RT.

Microsoft's decision to get into the hardware business is rumoured to have angered traditional PC vendors such as Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Now Acer has told Reuters that it has delayed the launch of its Windows RT tablets due to Microsoft's promotion of its Surface RT tablet.

Acer president Jim Wong told Reuters, "Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn't stop, but we are much more cautious. Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don't think it will be earlier than Q2."

Acer, like other system builders, will see how the Surface tablet fares before making adjustments to its products, most likely by undercutting Microsoft's pricing. Wong said, "I don't know what's next, what Microsoft will do. We are watching how Surface is doing. [...] How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don't know... We want to see."

While Acer might be the first to say Microsoft has hampered its plans in the PC market, it is likely that Wong's comments would be echoed by his counterparts at Dell, HP and Lenovo. Microsoft might be basking in the glory of its Surface RT launch right now, but in the future it could find it tougher to do business with these companies when it wants to sell another recycled edition of its Windows operating system. µ


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