The backlash from Microsoft's hardware partners over its plans to launch its own tablet devices running Windows 8 appears to be growing after Acer's chief executive publicly criticised the firm.
Microsoft surprised many when it announced it would launch its own Surface tablets, with some speculating it could upset its partners who would be hoping to use the Windows 8 system as a chance to ship a raft of new tablet and laptop products.
The firm admitted itself that the decision could cause friction with its hardware partners. Acer chief executive JT Wang has now proved them right when the told The Financial Times the firm wanted Microsoft to "think twice" about its plans.
"We have said [to Microsoft], think it over," he told the newspaper.
"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."
These concerns were echoed by Campbell Kan, Acer's president for personal computer global operations, who added that the move undermined the role of firms like Acer.
"If Microsoft... is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?" he said.
Wang did have some positive remarks about Windows 8 itself, claiming it was exactly the update the operating systems needed to help Microsoft remain relevant.
"The keyboard is still a necessity but touch is becoming a fashion and necessary feature," he said.
"Windows combines the touch and the keyboard. If you don't have touch you are antique."
V3 contacted Microsoft for response to Acer's comment but had received no reply at time of publication.
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