Free Cloud Service by Acer
Acer is offering its customers free cloud service for storing images and other documents online as part of an effort to spur sales of a novel ultrabook that hides its I/O ports in a hidden pop-up section at the back. AcerCloud is the name of the cloud service and it allows users to upload all their images, video and documents to an online service hosted by Acer. Users have full access to the uploaded material over the Web from any PC, mobile phone or tablet running Windows or Android. It does include devices from other vendors.
The service comes free with all new consumer PC's from Acer and includes “unlimited” storage, according to officials from Acer. AcerCloud will be rolled out in North America and Greater China in the second quarter, and worldwide by the end of the year.
PC sales at Acer have declined, yet Acer hopes its emphasis on ultrabooks and the cloud service will help its fortunes. The AcerCloud will be “a strategic differentiator for Acer in the long term,” according to Acer Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang.
Acer's announcement came at the Consumer Electronics Show and was the first press conference of the event. The show floor will open Tuesday morning and other large vendors will hold their press events Monday