Microsoft is placing 'troublesome' restrictions on OEMs manufacturing the next-generation Windows-based tablets, according to Acer CEO J.T. Wang.
Speaking at Computex trade show in Taipei, Wang had this to say:
'They're really controlling the whole thing, the whole process ... all feel it's very troublesome.'
It's hard to know whether this will be a good thing or a bad thing for consumers. It really depends what's behind the restrictions. If it's about giving users a consistent experience and keeping quality up, and also preventing platform fragmentation (and the associated problems that might cause with updates) then that's a good thing.
However, if the restrictions are designed to hobble tablets to prevent them cannibalizing Windows PC sales (something we've seen Microsoft do to netbooks), then that's definitely not good for consumers.
We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it's odd for an OEM to pull Microsoft up publicly like this.
[UPDATE: It's not the first time that Acer has publicly pulled up Microsoft - here's one example - a story by PC Pro's Jon Honeyball from 2006 where Wong complains about the poor value for money offered by Vista Home Basic.