Acer postpones Windows RT tablets until at least next year

Acer postpones Windows RT tablets until at least next year

Summary: Acer's delay with its Windows RT tablets hints that its not as keen about Microsoft's latest operating system.

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It looks like at least one of Microsoft's major OEM partners isn't as keen to jump on the Windows RT bandwagon.

Acer is reportedly holding off releasing any of its own Windows RT-based tablets until the second quarter of calendar year 2013 at the very earliest, according to Reuters.

Most of Acer president Jim Wong's comments to the international news agency centered around competition being presented by Windows tablets from competitors as well as Microsoft's Surface.

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.

This isn't the first time we've heard wary remarks about Microsoft's strategies for Windows and the Surface tablet.

In August, Acer CEO JT Wang told the Financial Times that Microsoft should "think twice" about launching Surface because it could derail the PC market altogether.

We have said [to Microsoft] think it over. Think twice. 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.

On the one hand, it might be better for Acer to see how new Windows tablets fare against the likes of the iPad and Android tablets anyway, offering the potential to learn from some initial mistakes made by competitors.

However, as more and more analysts argue that we're in the "post-PC" era and consumers continue to opt for tablets over laptops, Acer doesn't have a lot of time to waste.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Tablets, Tech Industry

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  • Acer postpones Windows RT tablets until at least next year

    Acer's loss. They never had plans to market their Microsoft Windows tablets anyway. Meanwhile I'll continue using Microsoft Windows 8 on my non-Acer hardware.
    Loverock Davidson-
  • Bound to happen

    Surface sets the bar pretty high so these lazy OEMs have to adjust.
    LBiege
    • Right

      OEMs aren't supposed to be working for mere customers anyway; they're supposed to be working for MS.
      John L. Ries
      • Surface was what made it obvious that acer hasnt been working for

        its customers. Just coasting. If acer gave a crap about its products surface would have been a complete non issue for them.
        Johnny Vegas
    • OEMs should be making the best hardware

      If microsoft is making better hardware than the OEM hardware companies are, then there is a huge problem with the OEMs.

      The only one that is keeping Acer from making better hardware is Acer.
      Emacho
  • All say Ahhhh now

    Thats the whole point of Surface, to set a benchmark. If the OEMs cannot compete, then they can leave the market all to Microsoft. (Unless of course MS are making any loss on Surface sales)

    Seems a shame that OEMs cannot compete or offer Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire alternatives. Perhaps MS could sneak a Surface Mini in there somewhere. So long as they put in a GPS for mobile.
    JulesVerny
  • Acer postpones Windows RT Tablet because...

    Surface is a brick and RT is half-baked.
    orandy
    • RT Netbooks ?

      If surface was really a brick then Acer wouldn't be afraid of competing with Microsoft. They would mop the floor with them. Something tells me that Acer's netbooks just aren't as sexy as the Surface.
      Panwo1@...
    • Android

      android is the solution
      Henrique Dourado
  • Cant take the Heat

    Get out of the Kitchen
    thekman58
    • I think it's from that smell...

      Windows faRT.
      Arm A. Geddon
      • well said

        android rules the tablets.
        LlNUX Geek
        • ...

          Nice joke. I miss the good old days, when the linux diehards at least knew what they were talking about.
          Mr.SV
          • exactly.

            No more 90s when Linux developers were really know the stuff. The current ones just blindly follow the script and think they know stuff.
            Ram U
          • There was a time when Linux people were techs

            Now the majority just seem to download endless distros, play with their UIs and waste most of their time on sites like ZDNet, spewing their uninformed opinions.

            My apologies to the few Linux techies left, but these Linux fanbois really do give Linux a bad name.
            Tony_McS
      • I thought it was you

        n/t
        Ram U
  • So far the tablets I've seen from Acer

    just aren't as good as the Surface or Surface Pro. I've been doing a lot of research recently, as I plan on buying a windows 8 tablet or hybrid. So far the tablets coming out from Asus and Samsung are much better options than the Acer ones. However, I think I will have to get an x86 tablet anyway. I want a tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus and no RT tablets have that yet, if they did I would consider a windows rt tablet.
    Sam Wagner
  • Jim Wong

    He is just upset because Ballmer told him "I'm white and you're wong" Then he called him hop-sing and patted him on the head.

    tsk tsk tsk. What a way to carry on
    Panwo1@...
  • RT/Win 8 will bury iPad and android tabs

    I have been using Surface RT for few days and it Win RT puts ipads and androids in the dust bin.
    The apps are now flooding in. iPad days are numbered. In 6 months time Win RT / Win 8 will take most of the tablet market.
    owlllnet
  • Actually Surface sets....

    The bar so low that the OEMs have to do the limbo underneath it. This tablet is a brick. It's buggy, laggy, slow and totally out of place. Even the Office apps crash.
    orandy