Acer chairman JT Wang has predicted that Microsoft will “re-rise” with its Windows 8 operating system.
Wang made his comments in an interview with DigiTimes this week. He also welcomed HP’s move to keep its struggling PC business, stating that it will help compete against Apple. HP announced last week that it plans to keep hold of its PC division. HP originally announced that it was on the brink of spinning off its Personal Systems Group (PSG). The group is responsible for consumer and business PCs and accessories along with digital entertainment devices. HP CEO Meg Whitman announced on Thursday that the company has no plans to scrap its PC division. Wang estimates that Microsoft will “re-rise” over the next two years and answer consumers demands. “Microsoft has already started seeing its problems and will implement changes into Windows 8,” said Wang. The praise of Windows 8 follows similar feedback from rival PC makers.
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the Dell computer firm recently dismissed claims that the technology industry is entering a post-PC era. Dell believes that tablets and smartphones aren’t replacing the PC. “We are very distinct from some of our competitors,” said Dell in an interview last month. “We believe the devices and the hardware still matter as part of the complete, end-to-end solution.” Dell also reveals that his company is working “very much in line” with Microsoft’s Windows 8 plans. “The line that separates a tablet and a laptop today will get very blurry and ultimately disappear as you see many new products,” he claims. In a separate interview in August, Dell revealed that he was encouraged by the companies early work on Windows 8 tablets. He also revealed that he feels the tablet market is a two horse race between Android and Windows 8.
The big OEMs, including HP, Dell and ASUS are all reportedly preparing Windows 8 tablets for Q3 2012. Microsoft is expected to unveil the final version of Windows 8 during the Summer months of 2012 in preparation for a holiday push of new tablets and form factors.