Acer has joined the growing legion of cloud-obsessed technology companies with the €320 million purchase of iGware.
The purchase of the “leading cloud technology company” will allow Acer to establish its own cloud infrastructure, originally titled Acer Cloud, and make it available on its PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
iGware is a California-based company with its technology currently in use by over 100 million devices worldwide, most notably in use with Nintendo’s suite of devices including the Wii and in the future the Wii U.
Acer will begin hardware and software design integration in the near future, and expects to launch products that leverage Acer Cloud services during 2012. The company says it regards the development of cloud technology as a major industry trend. "In the next ten years, Acer Cloud is expected to become a key element to create unique differentiation for Acer products."
“The goal of Acer Cloud is to allow our users enjoy and manage all their ICT devices, contents and resources with ease, by integrating all Acer products including PCs, tablets and smart handheld devices within a safe and secure environment,” Acer CEO JT Wang said.
Acer already has some cross-platform integration with its clear.fi software and will hope that the inclusion of the Acer Cloud will help mark it out in the technology field. We fear however that the addition of a cloud service will probably be fairly widespread by the time Acer rolls out its version next year