Shortly after Microsoft announced its upcoming Surface tablet, there was speculation
that it might sour the company's relationships with OEM partners. Statements from an Acer spokesperson indicate that's definitely the case
. The spokesperson told Bloomberg
, "On one hand Microsoft is our partner, but on the other, Microsoft’s move makes them compete not only with us but all PC makers. We think that Microsoft’s launch of its own-brand products is negative for the whole PC industry." The company is reportedly considering whether or not they want to keep relying on Microsoft's software products.