Acer Plans to Gradually Shift Focus Away from Windows

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AGVirt

I think that the original Chromebook manufacturers (Acer and Samsung) didn't want to invest too much in the first Chromebook models until they saw whether or not the whole concept would work. Now that Chromebook acceptance is growing, the manufacturers will be willing to put more into future versions.

Chromebook users that want to work with Windows applications can use solutions such as Ericom AccessNow. AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktops, and run any Windows application (not just MS Office) or even full desktops in a browser tab.

For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
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Please note that I work for Ericom

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macmooda

Do they not plan to offer any linux based systems other than android and Chrome OS? I mean there is nothing wrong with either of them, but if I were them, I would definitely have something that offered a little more productivity and oomph. I guess Chrome OS and Android have apps, that will offer productivity, but I just personally feel that there is much more available from a distro like Ubuntu with its software center. Also Ubuntu is more of a desktop os than either of the other two. I don't know just my thoughts. What do you think about it??

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Renegade Knight

If Acer is serious about computing they would offer a Linux version of most of their computers. They would also offer Android. "Hackintosh Ready" Chrome, Firefox OS and about anything else that looks like it's taking root.

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Renegade Knight

If Acer is serious about computing they would offer a Linux version of most of their computers. They would also offer Android. "Hackintosh Ready" Chrome, Firefox OS and about anything else that looks like it's taking root.

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macmooda

Do they not plan to offer any linux based systems other than android and Chrome OS? I mean there is nothing wrong with either of them, but if I were them, I would definitely have something that offered a little more productivity and oomph. I guess Chrome OS and Android have apps, that will offer productivity, but I just personally feel that there is much more available from a distro like Ubuntu with its software center. Also Ubuntu is more of a desktop os than either of the other two. I don't know just my thoughts. What do you think about it??

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Morete

So now Microsoft is going to have to switch gears and chase after Google instead of Apple. Does this mean that tiles will be ditched and they will go back to exclusively using icons in the future?

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Renegade Knight

Tiles are actually an improvement over Icons. I'd not have any problem ditching metro but replacing Icons with Tiles on the desktop.

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Gezzer

No, no this is all part of MS's master plan.
See the one thing that sets MS apart from Apple is OSX is only available on Apple products while Windows has all those pesky OEMs and retail versions to deal with. Not Appley not Appley at all.

So the goal is piss off the average desktop user by making Win8 a touch centric version and they'll stop buying retail versions. Piss off the OEMs by competing against them with their own hardware. Then piss them off even more by helping tank their business when they tell them that MS is just like Apple, people will buy what they're told to buy, but then of course they don't. So pretty soon all the OEMs don't see Windows as a viable profit making platform.

A year or two from now MS won't be chasing Apple, they'll be Apple. The only way to get Win9 will be by buying a MS product in a MS themed store. And MS will be printing money. Yes Steveo has it all figured out, so not to worry.

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pastorbob

"Back in December 2013, Acer president Jim Wang said it was too early
to say whether Windows 8 was a success or not."

Wow! Did I sleep a lot longer than I thought last night?