So, a few months ago, I was really speechless when Microsoft’s CTO made an incredibly dumb comment that I wont even repeat.

You can read that one here.

Well, another gaffe has come from someone who should know better.

This one from Acer founder Stan Shih (from Digitimes):

Acer founder Stan Shih has commented that the fads for ultrabooks and tablet PCs are both short-term phenomena and urged companies in the notebook supply chain to come out with more value-added products through innovation.

Shih added that Apple achieved success with iPad through its outside-the-box thinking, which is an attitude that all notebook players should learn.

Commenting on Apple bringing tablet PC and smartphone products into the PC market to compete with PC players and creating a great impact on PC demand, Shih pointed out that PCs are the base of the IT industry and tablet PCs are also developed from the base; therefore, in the future, products will still need to go through the PC platform to create even more add-on value


Tablet PC’s are a short term fad?

I guess he believes that Betamax and Laserdiscs are right on the verge of a comeback as well…

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Richard Phillips

    Yeah, that was a classic…

  • Billy Moffat

    While you may not agree – it’s by no means a stupid thing to say. Until I am able to do as much with a tablet as I can with my desktop and/or it is viable to think I would in the future, I think it’s a perfectly fair statement. Whether it’s correct is another matter – but making fun of him for saying it just sounds closed-minded and childish of you.

  • Melrockz

    Yes, for the foreseeable future, the Acer head is right. After all 50% of client computers still run Windows XP!

    I’d personally like to see better laptops and netbooks come out rather than tablet PC’s taking the centre stage.