Acer relieved Microsoft has come to its senses with Windows 8

by Doug Drinkwater

May 9 2013

Two senior Acer execs believe that Windows 8 has a bright future
Two senior Acer execs believe that Windows 8 has a bright future

Whisper it quietly, but the same Acer execs that have ridiculed Windows 8 since launch now think Microsoft may have turned a corner.

Acer CEO and chairman JT Wang and president Jim Wong today praised Microsoft for listening to its OEM partner feedback on how Windows 8 could be improved and appeared to hint that Windows 8.1 (which is apparently codenamed Windows Blue) may have a bright future.

“When we were talking to Microsoft, our input to them is balance,” Wong told The Wall Street Journal.

“The world in the next five years is not going 100% to touch. Although touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs, you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch.”

Acer chairman J.T Wang applauded Microsoft for taking partner input on-board, but aimed a subtle dig at the firm for going in the wrong direction in the past.

“In the past we consider they (Microsoft) live in heaven,” he quipped to the WSJ. “But now they go down to earth and they start to learn how people living on earth think.”

While Acer has been one of the busiest Windows 8 tablet vendors since the operating system’s launch in October, it hasn’t exactly been shy at telling the software firm where it is going wrong.

Company executives have slammed Microsoft for weak Windows 8 sales, with CEO Wang also criticizing the firm's decision to release the Surface tablets.

“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over”, said Wang back in August. “It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and it is not something you are good at so please think twice.”

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