Some PC makers are wary of Microsoft's Surface tablet efforts, but others like Gianfranco Lanci, the head of Lenovo's EMEA business, seem to like it. Speaking at IFA in Berlin last week, Lanci told attendees that he's happy that Microsoft is launching its own tablet and that it shows confidence in the Windows 8 operating system.
"I think it's very welcoming if other people, including Microsoft, [make] Windows 8 tablets. I think it's also proof that they really believe that with Windows 8 they can become a serious player in the tablet arena," Lanci said at the Berlin conference.
"And to have Microsoft doing that, I think it's a good advertisement for us and other OEMs. [Lenovo is] not negative at all about this move."
Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesa agreed, telling The INQUIRER that the upcoming Microsoft Surface is nothing but a good thing for the Windows 8 tablet market.
"I think that is a strong statement from Microsoft that they believe in the tablet market and in Windows 8, and that they want to continue to have a strong presence in the next phase of computing," said Milanesi.