Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:15 UTC
Microsoft "'We have said think it over. Think twice', Wang is quoted as saying, '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.' Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. 'If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?', he is quoted as saying." Or, you could just build stuff that doesn't suck. Just a suggestion, Acer.
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RE: Stunt
by spudley99 on Tue 7th Aug 2012 15:26 UTC in reply to "Stunt"
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hmm... I dont remember a single company really having the cojones to stand up to Microsoft in the long run... Sounds merely as a marketing stunt to me.
Hope I´m wrong though.

Last time there was a really big effort by hardware manufacturers to shake the Microsoft shackles was when Asus released their early netbooks with a Linux OS.

They saw a way to produce dirt cheap computers with low cost hardware and zero cost OS, and they took it.

Microsoft countered by picking their WinXP master copy out of the trash and giving it to the netbook makers for virtually zero cost (plus possibly a suggestion that their copies of the regular desktop versions of Windows might get more expensive if they didn't take it), and thus ended the foray into Linux.

The netbooks quite underpowered, and even an old OS like XP didn't work that well for them. The initial public enthusiasm for the format started to fizzle, manufacturers responded by increasing the specs until they were really just filling the bottom end of the laptop market, and thus ended the concept of netbooks.

This is also the reason we still have to support IE6 and IE7. Microsoft was forced to extend the lifespan of XP specifically because of this action. They were willing to make us all suffer IE6 for an extra three years, just to stop Linux making any inroads.

In the meanwhile, of course, they were busy taking their eye off the ball in the mobile market, where the really interesting action was happening.

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