Acer set to triple cloud service users to 15 million
Taiwan’s Acer Inc. ( ) is aiming to triple the number of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker responds to a shrinking PC industry by making software and offering online cloud services.
Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, said the company has seen the number of individual users of its free cloud services jump from 5 million last year to nearly 10 million so far this year, and the figure is estimated to reach 15 million by year-end.
“I’m driving our team to achieve the aggressive target,” Shih said on the sidelines of an Acer cloud developer conference on Wednesday.
He forecast a significant boost to the cloud user number in the year-end holiday shopping season, when Acer is expected to ship a huge volume of PCs and mobile devices pre-loaded with its BYOC applications.
Also, the New Taipei-based company is discussing an agreement with a U.S.based PC accessory supplier to promote Acer’s BYOC applications on Web-connected PC accessories, which would help Acer tap into users of other PC brands, Shih said.
Announced in May 2014, the BYOC is a system for users to put together cloud services that manage music and photos across Acer PCs and mobile devices.
The new business is part of the PC vendor’s attempt to transform itself from a hardware company into a “hardware plus software plus services” business amid slowing demand in the global PC industry.
Research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) on Wednesday forecast that worldwide PC shipments will fall by 8.7 percent in 2015, steeper than its earlier estimate of a 6.2-percent decline.
The prospect of PC shipment growth would be unlikely throughout 2016 due to economic issues, free upgrades of the Windows 10 operating system and a relative dearth of newer models in the short term, the research firm said.
IDC expects PC growth to resume in 2017, led by the commercial market, while consumer volume would continue a small decline through the end of 2019.
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