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Acer Founder: Windows 8 More Stable Than Apple iOS 6

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Acer founder Stan Shih says Windows 8 is more stable than Apple's iOS 5.

Acer is in the limelight talking about Windows 8 once again, only this time company executives aren't bashing Microsoft over the Surface tablets. Instead, Acer founder Stan Shih is acknowledging that the company needs to make upgrading existing customers to Windows 8 a priority. Even more, he claims the new OS is more stable than Apple's iOS 6.

The comment arrives after Shih was asked about the company's plans to re-enter the smartphone sector full-force given the weakening demand for PCs. He pointed out that Acer currently has a low market share in the handset industry as it is, and competing would be both costly and time consuming. Instead, the company's main priority should be getting existing customers upgraded to Microsoft's upcoming operating system.

But that doesn't mean Acer won't storm into the smartphone sector in the future. Acer seemingly has a plan already in place: to connect its branded PCs with smartphones through AcerCloud technology. But Acer is still working on that which Shih says "requires some time to complete."

He went on to talk about rumors of Windows 8 landing on store shelves before it's actually complete. This was actually sparked by a Bloomberg report quoting an anonymous source who supposedly attended an Intel employee meeting. Shih stated the obvious: it's typical for software to launch with bugs intact, especially software on the PC platform.

However Shih expressed his confidence in Microsoft, saying that Windows 8 is more stable than Apple's iOS 6 platform on the iPhone 5. His remarks echo that of Microsoft spokesperson Mark Martin who told Bloomberg that "with over 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 is the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history."

Intel said on Thursday that it has been working closely with Microsoft in regards to testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs.

"Intel CEO Paul Otellini is on record as saying 'Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel,' citing the importance of the touch interface coming to mainstream computing and the huge wave of exciting new Ultrabook, tablet and convertible device innovations coming to the market," the company said.

Microsoft is launching Windows 8 on October 25, followed by Windows Phone 8 on October 29. The launch event for the desktop/tablet OS will take place in New York City while the launch event for the smartphone variant will take place over on the west coast.

 

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    kawininjazx , October 1, 2012 1:09 PM
    Apple's iOS is pretty damn stable, but then again, they make all the devices it runs on...so it's not too hard.
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    lassik , October 1, 2012 1:16 PM
    Kudos to both I say.

    Windows mobile has come a long way, and in a lot of ways I prefer it to both iOS and Android.
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    mikenygmail , October 1, 2012 1:17 PM
    I'm skipping Windows 8 entirely. I like being able to boot directly to desktop, and I don't like big corporations trying to control how I use my computer.

    Oh, and that terrifying picture of Acer's founder is here just in time for Halloween! :) 
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    kawininjazx , October 1, 2012 1:09 PM
    Apple's iOS is pretty damn stable, but then again, they make all the devices it runs on...so it's not too hard.
  • 18 Hide
    lassik , October 1, 2012 1:16 PM
    Kudos to both I say.

    Windows mobile has come a long way, and in a lot of ways I prefer it to both iOS and Android.
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    mikenygmail , October 1, 2012 1:17 PM
    I'm skipping Windows 8 entirely. I like being able to boot directly to desktop, and I don't like big corporations trying to control how I use my computer.

    Oh, and that terrifying picture of Acer's founder is here just in time for Halloween! :) 
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    phyco126 , October 1, 2012 1:19 PM
    Jeeze - is it more stable than iOS 5 or iOS 6? Which is it?
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    back_by_demand , October 1, 2012 1:20 PM
    Stan has a bumper sticker on his car that says "Shih Happens"
    ...
    It's nice that he says it is more stable, it's difficult doing Apples & Oranges comparisons as Windows is a real OS and iOS is really just a toy OS
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    wemakeourfuture , October 1, 2012 1:21 PM
    The CEO speaks as if iOS 6 is even an option for him...
    Pure PR mumble-jumble from him
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    mikenygmail , October 1, 2012 1:24 PM
    Intel CEO Paul Otellini saying "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel"
    reminds me of the old Bill Gates quote:

    "640K is more memory than anyone will ever need"

    Think again guys...
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    mihaimm , October 1, 2012 1:25 PM
    Once released, we'll see how stable it is. I kind of remember somebody having to switch tablets during a presentation... And I'm pretty sure it wasn't Cooks...
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    bllue , October 1, 2012 1:35 PM
    hydac7How much did he get paid to say this ?

    I take it you've never tried Windows 8. You may not like the UI but when it comes to stability and performance, W8 does it very well - better than W7 which is an OS that has been flawless for me so far (no BSODs or errors). This comment by Acer founder is not farfetched
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    freggo , October 1, 2012 1:37 PM
    mikenygmailIntel CEO Paul Otellini saying "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel"reminds me of the old Bill Gates quote: "640K is more memory than anyone will ever need"Think again guys...


    It was actually never proven that he said that.

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    cknobman , October 1, 2012 1:47 PM
    Author: you conflict yourself several times by stating iOS 5 then iOS 6, please fix this as it is very confusing.
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    shafe88 , October 1, 2012 1:53 PM
    mikenygmailWorst software ever:Windows ME, AOL, Windows Vista and now Windows 8!

    Who say's Vista is one of the worst software ever. With newer Hardware and and lots of windows update's, vista is just as good as Win Heaven(7).
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    willard , October 1, 2012 2:19 PM
    mikenygmailWorst software ever:Windows ME, AOL, Windows Vista and now Windows 8!

    No mention RealPlayer, CometCursor, IE6, SoftRAM or BMG rootkit fiasco? Something tells me you weren't around in the early days of the internet to see what really bad software was.

    Ever put a retail CD into your computer and have it install a rootkit on behalf of Sony without notifying you in any way? I have.
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    cookoy , October 1, 2012 2:20 PM
    He may have gotten pretty much feedback on Win8 performance and stability from his legions of software engineers at Acer so i might take his assessment on that. I doubt if he has this level of feedback on iOS6, but he's entitled to his own opinion.
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    wemakeourfuture , October 1, 2012 2:26 PM
    cookoyHe may have gotten pretty much feedback on Win8 performance and stability from his legions of software engineers at Acer so i might take his assessment on that. I doubt if he has this level of feedback on iOS6, but he's entitled to his own opinion.


    I doubt he's listening to his legions of software engineers, more his marketing and finance group.
    Clearly they want to make it sound their products will be on a 'more stable' OS then the largest competitor Apple.

    Just a marketing ploy, how do you fully gauge stability of a product that hasn't even been released fully to consumer and business?
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    CaedenV , October 1, 2012 2:32 PM
    shafe88Who say's Vista is one of the worst software ever. With newer Hardware and and lots of windows update's, vista is just as good as Win Heaven(7).

    Vista, at launch, was one of the worst platforms available. It is not so much an issue of the OS being bad, because really it was pretty sound (I mean, it is the core of win7 and win8 which are both rock solid). The issue was more of a communication problem between MS and hardware makers. The hardware makers just did not understand just how different Vista was from XP, and for most of them it was their first attempt at 64bit anything, and so the drivers were aweful for that first year or so. But this is still largely MS' fault for not explaining the importance, and signing drivers for use with Vista that simply sucked and caused no end of issues (both stability and security).

    The only issue with win8 though is an aesthetic one. If one click is too hard to get to the desktop, then you are just lazy. win8 otherwise works better than win7, giving many more options to programs (both metro and desktop), better support for more interface devices (though speech is disappointing, but may be fixed in time), and overall better use of hardware.

    And for those who complain about getting to the desktop: If you are on desktop, and put the machine to sleep, it will wake up back in desktop. It is only if you turn off, or reset the computer that you have to worry about dealing with metro.
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    cornandbeans , October 1, 2012 2:35 PM
    lostmyclani wish install windows 8 in my htpc, but i dont have a dvd to burn. in the Piratebay i see some original copies avaliable.

    USB universal installer and a thumb drive is what you need.
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    Trueno07 , October 1, 2012 2:48 PM
    mikenygmailI'm skipping Windows 8 entirely. I like being able to boot directly to desktop, and I don't like big corporations trying to control how I use my computer.Oh, and that terrifying picture of Acer's founder is here just in time for Halloween!


    I believe this article is about the Mobile OS.
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    ojas , October 1, 2012 2:53 PM
    Yeah well he's probably right. Though i'm sure he'll say tomorrow that the surface isn't stable enough.

    willardNo mention RealPlayer, CometCursor, IE6, SoftRAM or BMG rootkit fiasco? Something tells me you weren't around in the early days of the internet to see what really bad software was. Ever put a retail CD into your computer and have it install a rootkit on behalf of Sony without notifying you in any way? I have.

    itunes?
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