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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Apple's iOS is pretty damn stable, but then again, they make all the devices it runs on...so it's not too hard.Reply
Kudos to both I say.Reply
Windows mobile has come a long way, and in a lot of ways I prefer it to both iOS and Android.
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.Reply
Oh, and that terrifying picture of Acer's founder is here just in time for Halloween! :)
Jeeze - is it more stable than iOS 5 or iOS 6? Which is it?Reply
Worst software ever:Reply
Windows ME, AOL, Windows Vista and now Windows 8!
Stan has a bumper sticker on his car that says "Shih Happens"Reply
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
The CEO speaks as if iOS 6 is even an option for him...Reply
Pure PR mumble-jumble from him
Intel CEO Paul Otellini saying "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel"Reply
reminds me of the old Bill Gates quote:
"640K is more memory than anyone will ever need"
Think again guys...
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...Reply
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 farfetchedReply