Acer Delays Win RT Tab Plan, What’s Cooking?
Remember we told you that Windows RT tablets is perhaps a battle lost already? Acer, one of the first companies planning to launch Windows RT tablets, has postponed the idea till Q2 2013. Jim Wong, the company President told Reuters “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. We are watching how Surface is doing, how is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don’t know. We want to see.”. The tablet was supposed to be an ARM-based tablet with Windows RT as operating system and was to be released early 2013. Acer was also the first company to raise voice against Microsoft’s policy of releasing own hardware saying it would affect the relationship of hardware companies and Microsoft.
There are many tablets and hybrids already in the market with Microsoft Surface being the leading one. Other products came from Lenovo and Asus who named the device as Viva. Lenovo and Asus marketed the tablets for $599 while Microsoft is asking for only $499 , much to the annoyance of Asus and Lenovo. This move which made Microsoft competing directly against their own hardware suppliers have made the tensed situation tenser.
Looks like Acer learnt its lesson from seeing how Asus and Lenovo suffered and want to watch the immediate future before plunging into a costly venture. It would also allow them to watch the market reaction to Surface and other tabs and the pricing policies the companies will adopt. Microsoft already have hurt Lenovo and Asus big time by offering MS Surface for $100 less. It would also allow them to note the major problems and lacking features and help them to incorporate the remedies for those.
It may interest you to know that within 3 days of release, Windows 8 has seen 4 million upgrades which is encouraging but it is too early to call it a hit. Vista also received its grand share of hype and glory before it fell flat on its face and was proven to be the worst OS ever by Microsoft. Windows 7 was hurriedly released to calm the customers. Windows 8 and Windows RT (RT stands for Run Time) has the same metro interface but they are different as well. For a detailed comparison, check here.
What will happen after this announcement? Will other companies follow the suit? Also, remember Intel Clovertail based Windows 8 tablets are hitting the market very soon. Let’s keep an eye on the situation and if you are using any of these tablets or hybrids, let us know of your experience.