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'Where's the Leadership?'
Acer's total PC shipments dropped by more than a quarter in the fourth quarter compared with 2011, while Chromebooks, which use Google's cloud -based Chrome OS, were as much as 10 percent of its U.S. shipments at the end of last year. Meanwhile, other PC manufacturers, such as Hewlett-Packard , are similarly testing Chromebooks and releasing Android tablets. The executive vice president of HP 's Personal Systems group also said some not-kind things about Windows RT late last year.
Laura DiDio, an analyst with industry research firm Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, described Samsung's and Acer's comments as "very self-serving." She said it "behooves Samsung in particular to say that 'the PC is dead, long live the tablet.'"
DiDio also pointed out that the Samsung executive's disparaging remarks comparing Windows 8 to the "previous Vista platform" was a deliberate attempt to associate Windows 8 with the much-criticized Vista, and not to compare it with the immediately previous Microsoft platform, Windows 7.
Samsung wants "to bury Microsoft," she added, "not just gain independence from them." But DiDio noted that "a lot of this, however, is legitimate," because Microsoft has "done a bad job of marketing Windows 8" and explaining its difference from RT. More important, she asked, "Where's the leadership, the counterpunch from Microsoft?"