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Taiwan’s Acer launches cloud computing drive in shift from PC reliance

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May
2014

By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwans Acer Inc detailed its long-touted push into cloud computing on Thursday, as the struggling computer maker responds to a shrinking PC market by pitting itself against cloud leaders Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc. The worlds fourth-biggest producer of personal computers (PC) aims to start making software and offering online computing services under the heading Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC). Acer announced BYOC with few details at the end of 2013 when the company booked a third straight loss after the global PC market shrank 10 percent. The computer is still our foundation, but BYOC is a new platform for integration, cross-compatibility and convenience, company founder and chairman Stan Shih said at a news conference. Acer is promoting BYOC as the future of cloud computing by focusing on the so-called Internet of Things, which allows for remote connectivity across a range of devices.

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