Acer founder Stan Shih, left, admits tablets have affected Acer's core laptop market. (Photo/Yang Hsiao-fang)
Microsoft should remain in software instead of getting involved in the hardware business, Acer founder Stan Shih said on July 4. The US software giant has recently announced plans to release its own Surface tablet computer.
"I think Microsoft's getting involved in the hardware business is designed to promote its Win8 [operating system]. But I sincerely recommend they withdraw from the hardware market when they get what they want," the former head of the Taiwanese PC maker said.
Shih said Microsoft should not compete with hardware manufacturers, who are also their business partners. "I think they will consider and decide the best solution for themselves," he said.
Shih spoke of the sluggish business for personal computers, which have been affected by the rise of tablet computers over the last two years. Yet Shih remains confident that Acer's laptops will have their place.
"For students, laptops with keyboards will still be the best choice," Shih said, though admitting that the laptop business has been greatly affected by the introduction of Apple's iPad.
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