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Acer to Microsoft: Hardware is our game, stick to software

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(Read caption) A woman walks into an Acer store located in the Guanghua Market area in Taipei, Oct. 23, 2012. Acer exec Linxian Lang recently issued a warning of sorts to Microsoft.

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Acer, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, has some strong words for Microsoft

In an interview with Tencent Technology, Acer executive Lin Xianlang compared hardware manufacturing to "hard rice," and speculated that Microsoft might find it extremely hard to eat. (The full Tencent Technology article is here – we're relying on Google Translate for a rough rendering of the original text.) The hardware in question, of course, is the Microsoft Surface tablet, a rival to Acer-made Windows 8 tablets such as the Iconia

Lin's message might be paraphrased as: You make the software, Microsoft, and we'll concentrate on the hardware. 

But as Sharif Sakr of Engadget points out, "Microsoft's tablet has been boiled and salted just right, which might be the real reason Acer is so averse to it."

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