One of the world's largest computer manufacturers, Acer, has attacked Microsoft's plans to launch its own tablet in October, claiming that the move will be 'negative for the worldwide ecosystem' in computing.
Microsoft revealed in June that it plans to branch into the hardware market by launching its own tablet, dubbed Surface, which will go head-to-head with Apples iPad, but has also created tensions with its OEM [original equipment manufacturers] partners.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Acer's chairman and chief executive, JT Wang, has become the first big PC manufacturer to publicly criticise the software giant's move.
"We have said [to Microsoft] think it over. Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction," said Wang.
He added: "It is not something you are good at so please think twice."
Microsoft's decision has highlighted the fragile relationship it has with its OEM partners. Prior to the Surface tablet announcement, Microsoft's Windows operating system provided OEMS with an open platform that allows them to focus on improving hardware. This created competition amongst hardware vendors, which drove down costs for consumers.