Acer co-founder: Wintel camp will fail, because Microsoft and Intel keep all profits to themselves
Acer must be really pissed at Microsoft lately. At least that’s the impression from various public statements Acer top executives give.
It all started last year, when Microsoft announced their Surface RT tablet. Commenting on it, other Windows OEMs stuck to diplomatic platitudes about what a great partner Microsoft is, and confidence in own products.
Not Acer, though, who’s CEO J.T. Wang called Surface a mistake and even told Microsoft to “think twice” before making it. After Microsoft’s $900 million write down and complete failure of both Windows RT and Surface RT, It seems that J.T. Wang was right.
Well, things haven’t changed much in a year. Today we have another Acer VIP trash talking Microsoft, explaining how current Wintel business model does not work anymore, and is destined to fail.
This is what Stan Shih, Acer co-founder had to say during the recent media conference:
“Wintel camp is destined to fail since the two giants have been keeping most of the profits to themselves, which is indirectly pushing many players to Google’s ecosystem. Since Wintel’s business strategies can no longer create profits for partners, many downstream IT players have turned to other ecosystems to seek profitability. Google’s open platform strategy is not the main attraction prompting IT players to join the Google camp. Linux is also an open platform, but this has not helped it receive similar attention. For an ecosystem to have a chance of growing and staying strong, it must have leadership adopting strategies that allow all partners to earn profits…”
Pretty harsh, but true.