Acer delays Windows RT tablet

Acer has thrown its toys out of the pram and put off the launch of its Windows 8 RT tablets.

Acer was not going to release any tablets until early next year anyway but it was the most cross when Microsoft announced it was releasing the Surface and now is delaying it further.

Reuters claimed that the tablet drew mixed reviews, and speculates this caused Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013.

How it reached this conclusion is jolly odd given that when it interviewed Acer president Jim Wong he failed to mention anything to do with the Surface’s “mixed reviews” and said it was all about Microsoft shafting its partners.

Wong made it clear that the way Microsoft handled the release of the Surface was the root of the problem. He said that the company originally had an aggressive plan to come out very early next year but “because of Surface”, it was more cautious.

In other words, Acer has thrown its toys out of the pram because of the way Vole shafted its partners with the release of the tablet. A few months ago Acer slammed Vole for moving into the computer hardware business and competing with its partners’ devices.

Wong said research and development for the Windows RT tablets was still moving forward but that the company had many questions to address with regards to manufacturing and pricing.

Microsoft’s partners like Acer, Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft surprised the market with its $499 Surface.

What is more likely to have prompted Acer to stick the brakes on the project is the news that Ballmer is planning more hardware projects as part of his move to become more like Apple.

Wong said since he did not know what Vole was going to do next, how aggressive it was going to be, or if customers were going to buy the Surface, it was better to wait and see.

This could be a much bigger problem for Microsoft. It had told its partners that the Surface was a “reference tablet” but by undercutting them it had hacked them off.