Acer boss JT Wang was no doubt summing up the feelings of many when he said Microsoft's Surface tablet would cause headaches for its Windows 8 OEMs, and that Ballmer's crew should think twice before diving headlong into a market it has zero experience in.
Lenovo, however, has a different take on the subject: it's not bothered in the least by what Microsoft does, because it believes its own tablets will be superior.
That's just the sort of thing Wang was talking about, no doubt, but it's still good to hear someone have the cojones to come out with some old-fashioned “may the best man win” talk. Take note, Chris Weber.
Lenovo has every reason to be confident. Its latest earnings figures show a record high market share and profits up by 30%. Not bad considering the rest of us are all skint.
Speaking during the company's earnings call, Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing said he didn't see Microsoft and the Surface as anything more than one more competitor, and one it has every intention of getting on top of.
“Although we don’t like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor,” Yuanqing said of the Surface. “We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft. They are strong in software, but [we] don’t believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can.”
Of course, whether Lenovo's slates trump Microsoft's or not, when it comes to the operating software Microsoft is the winner either way – and Yuanqing clearly knows which side his bread is buttered on.
“Microsoft is still our strategy partner. We are very optimistic on the Windows 8 launch so we will fully leverage that to launch our new products.” Leverage away, my good man...