Acer's CEO Warns Microsoft To 'Think Twice' About Manufacturing The Surface Tablet

acer wangJ.T. Wang, Acer’s chairman and CEO

It was only a matter of time before one of Microsoft’s manufacturing partners spoke up about the company’s decision to go it alone in producing a tablet.Acer’s chairman and CEO J.T. Wang told the Financial Times on Monday that he thinks Microsoft’s Surface tablet will be “negative for the worldwide ecosystem” in computing.

Wang then explicitly warned Microsoft to “think twice” about manufacturing its own tablet.

“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over. Think twice,” Wang said. “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.”

Microsoft, for its part, has admitted that its decision to produce its own tablet that competes with products made by its OEM partners might lead to some tension.

Acer, in particular, appears to be angry not just at the extra competition, but at being kept so completely out of the loop. According to a separate article in the Financial Times, Microsoft didn’t tell Acer about the Surface until just before the public announcement and the company still hasn’t let Acer know how much the tablet will sell for.

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