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[2]: Stunt
by Stephen! on Tue 7th Aug 2012 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Stunt"
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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

For a company with a significant amount of market share, it makes Microsoft seem rather insecure, considering the amount of market share they could lose to Linux netbooks, would likely be negligible.

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