Acer has been a major critic of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and have now withdrawn their support from Windows RT by delaying their RT products indefinitely, Reuters reports.
"Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious," Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters on Tuesday.
"Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2," Wong said.
He complained that Microsoft was undercutting its Windows OESMS, noting that Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft surprised the market with its $499 home-built Surface.
"I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do," Wong said. "We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don’t know… We want to see."
This does not mean the No. 4 PC vendor by shipments is not supporting Windows 8, having just announced a host of Windows 8 touch screens and notebooks. It does seem however that Microsoft will need to forge the Windows RT battle with one less ally.