An Acer exec has compared hardware manufacturing to a tough meal – and speculated that Microsoft may find it difficult to chew.
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.