Acer President: More Comfortable About Windows 8 Uptake Due to Microsoft's Support
By Eva Dou
TAIPEI--Taiwanese personal-computer maker Acer Inc. (2353.TW) said Monday that it is feeling "far more comfortable
than previously" about the uptake of Windows 8 devices due to support from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).
Acer President Jim Wong told the Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of a media event in Taipei that he expects sales
of Windows 8 touch-based devices to pick up in the second half of the year. He declined to specify what support
Microsoft has given Acer and PC makers. Several sources in Taiwan said Microsoft has recently offered steep discounts on
Windows 8 to PC makers to boost development of touch-controlled devices.
Mr. Wong said the company's operating margin had already bottomed at 0.3% in the third quarter and is expected to rise
this year. The company expects its tablet shipments to exceed 5 million units this year, with a 50% chance of reaching
10 million, boosted by strong demand for Acer's new low-cost tablet, the Iconia B1, he said.
He also said the company's notebook PC shipments will likely rise by a single-digit percentage this year.
The company is due to release its fourth-quarter results March 19. In a report by Gartner dated Jan. 14, Acer's PC
shipments--including desktops and laptops but not tablets--dropped 11% to 8.62 million units in the fourth quarter from
9.69 million units a year earlier. Its global market share slipped to 9.5% in the fourth quarter from 10.2% in the same
quarter in 2011, but it remained the world's fourth biggest player by market share after Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and
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