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Acer Sees Success in Chrome; Windows Fails to Drive Sales

Acer Inc., the Taiwanese computer maker that’s suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google Inc.’s Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 failed to ignite the market.

Chrome-based models accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer’s U.S. shipments since being released there in November, President Jim Wong said in an interview at the Taipei-based company’s headquarters. That ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and the company is considering offering Chrome models in other developed markets, he said.