Acer: A Global Powerhouse

Dixon Cheng steps out of his office in the cluttered executive suite at the Taipei headquarters of Acer Inc. and leads a visitor down a hall crammed with cubicles, where engineers sit hunched over their projects. "It's right here," says Cheng, Acer's vice-president for information systems, as he squeezes around an awkwardly placed partition. An engineer seated on the floor hooks a simple white box to a television set and flicks it on. Three squares appear on the screen: "Basic Net," "Games," and "Windows." Using a remote control, he selects "Basic Net," and Acer's World Wide Web home page appears. Returning to the menu, he clicks on a different square, and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 3.1 pops up.

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