It’s been just two days since Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) unveiled their Surface tablet computer but some people are already predicting that it will be their last.
Stan Shih, founder of Acer Incorporated (TPE:2353), expects that Microsoft really has no true intentions of making their own brand of tablet computers. He predicts that they will follow Google’s route and hopefully inspire vendors to offer Windows 8-based tablets which would increase the demand for their tablets.
It’s important to note that this is just one prediction made by a Microsoft PC partner. Most of their partners were either given minimal information or left completely in the dark regarding the company’s plans to launch the Surface tablet. Moreover, they withheld a lot of valuable information on what and when we can expect from their next tablet. Withholding such information from company partners could end up backfire on Microsoft.
One insider elaborated what could cause the downfall, “This has always been a point of contention between OEMs and Microsoft — Microsoft getting into the hardware space.”
It sounds Acer is trying to console themselves after finding out that their major partner has created another product on the side.
Shih further elaborated that if vendors adopt Windows 8 with a positive outlook, Microsoft’s marketing should prove beneficial in the long run. And another PC maker, Dell, agrees. They recently sent an email to CNET stating their support for Microsoft and that they “look forward to delivering a full slate of Windows 8 tablets — and other products — later this fall.”
It’s also predicted Google will launch another Nexus tablet later on in June.
Microsoft is making a huge risk with their Surface tablet. I would like to see the company give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) real competition but sadly I doubt that will happen. The most popular tablets include the iPad and the Kindle Fire, I doubt people are going to instantly trade their favorite tablets for something new.