“Microsoft’s foray into full hardware production with its Surface tablet, unveiled Monday, is only temporary, says Acer founder Stan Shih,” Fox News reports.

“Widely observed to have taken a page from Apple’s playbook, Microsoft may actually be channeling Google, indicates Shih, who believes the Windows maker ‘has no real intention to sell own-brand tablet PCs,’ according to a report in Taiwan-based Digitimes,” Fox News reports. “‘Microsoft hopes that marketing its own-brand tablet PCs will encourage vendors to offer Windows 8 tablet PCs and thereby help expand market demand for the product line,’ [Shih said] according to the report uncovered by CNET. ‘Once the purpose is realized, Microsoft will not offer more models.'”

Fox News reports, “Of course, this is just one vendor attempting to analyze Microsoft’s strategy with limited information. In fact, Microsoft more or less kept its partners in the dark, with some discovering the breaking news along with everyone else at Monday’s event. ‘No senior executives heard about the news last week,’ an Acer executive told Reuters. ‘We’re quite surprised.'””

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MacDailyNews Take: How can they quit when they haven’t even started selling tablets yet? At this point, Surface tablets equal vaporware, Microsoft’s #1 all-time product.