Intimidated by Surface, Acer Reschedules Release of Windows RT

Taiwanese PC maker Acer has reportedly pushed the date of release of its Windows RT tablet in an attempt to prevent competition with Microsoft’s Surface, who has been performing very well on the market as of late.

Acer President Jim Wong said they have to take a step back as Microsoft’s Surface continues to surge in the tablet market.

“Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface…we are much more cautious,” Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters today.

Wong, the top executive of the fourth largest PC maker in the world, stated they originally scheduled the release of the Windows RT tablet in the first quarter of 2013 but Microsoft’s launching of its Surface tablet further pushes their release of their own tablet to second quarter next year.

Acer and other PC makers are growing wary of Microsoft’s venture in the device and service industry, believing it will send negative shockwaves to the worldwide tech business ecosystem.

“It will create a huge negative impact…It is not something you are good at so please think twice,” Acer CEO JY Wang said in August prior to the release of the Surface.

In other related news, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft has already sold 4 million copies of Windows 8.

Moreover, Microsoft has recently added Paypal to its growing list of companies willing to develop an application compatible to Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Paypal, who possessed 100 million active accounts, will have a Windows 8 compatible app called Paypal API, which allows developers tie in-app purchases to the major e-commerce site.

Aside from Paypal API, Microsoft Windows will also feature other heavily-downloaded apps like ESPN, Lego, Dropbox, Nasa, and Unity gaming platform. Twitter recently announced that is already developing a Windows 8 app.

Via: Cnet