While Dell and HP both recently announced agreements with Microsoft to sell its Surface tablets to business customers, Lenovo won't be joining them. Gianfranco Lanci, the president and COO of the PC maker, revealed this week that Lenovo turned down a similar arrangement with Microsoft to sell its family of tablets.
Lanci made his remarks during the Canalys Channels Forum, according to The Register:
"Pressed further, he revealed that Microsoft "asked me more than one year ago, and I said no I don't see any reason why I should sell a product from within brackets, competition." He said Lenovo views Microsoft as a "partner on certain things", and a "competitor" in other scenarios, meaning that "we will need to be a little bit careful".
Lanci's remarks were made after Microsoft revealed its first 2-in-1 notebook, the Surface Book, earlier this month, which might also be seen as a competitor by many of its third-party partners. Ironically, Lenovo, HP and Dell are partnering with Microsoft and Intel to launch the new "PC does what?" marketing campaign next week, which is designed to help boost PC hardware sales across the board.
Source: The Register