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Acer to open cloud solutions experience center

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's struggling computer manufacturer Acer Inc. will open an experience center for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business on May 29 in Taoyuan County in Northern Taiwan to showcase its cloud computing solutions.

The inauguration ceremony of the center and its global press conference will be hosted by Chairman Stan Shih, CEO Jason Chen and BYOC President Maverick Shih, Acer said in an invite sent last week.

Stan Shih told a local media briefing on May 4 that Acer is expected to announce more than 10 BYOC partners at the inauguration ceremony, including hardware manufacturers, software companies and content providers.

Acer intends to charge license fees for its cloud platform or software from business customers, while increasing the number of individual consumers of its BYOC services, Shih said.

The 70-year-old founder of Acer, who returned to the struggling PC vendor as chairman last November, said he will continue to serve as Acer's head of cloud strategy after he leaves his current position in June.

The BYOC is a system for users to put together cloud services that manage music and photos across Acer PCs and mobile devices, according to Acer.

The company announced in April that it had signed a cloud technology license agreement with an unidentified international customer for its Cloud Open Platform business. Both parties will be working closely in the coming years, and the business move is expected to benefit Acer's overall revenue and profit, according to the company.

The PC vendor is seeking to transform itself from a hardware company into a “hardware plus software plus services” company amid a declining global PC industry.

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