Microsoft has on multiple occasions lambasted the lack of touchscreen PCs in the market, and the software titan considers this one of the main reasons for the less than ideal uptake of Windows 8.
But it seems that good days for the company’s latest operating system are just around the corner, as hardware makers are finally paying heed to this little conundrum.
Maybe it is the fact that Windows 8 is finally coming into its own, or that touch display panel makers have ramped up production, but the latest is that PCs are adopting touch functionality more and more. And this means that the day when notebooks come with touchscreen by default is nearing.
New rumors are claiming that this new trend will start taking shape in the third quarter of 2013.
In fact, shipments of touchscreen notebooks are expected to rise by as much as 50 percent. Since figures for the second quarter of the year are estimated to be in the 4.2 to 4.5 million units range, a final tally of 6.7 to 7 million touch-enabled laptops for the third quarter of the year is thrown around.
Most of these touchscreen notebooks are said to have display sizes of 11.6, 14 and 15.6 inches.
Fact is that displays do not have all that much to add besides touch support. Increased resolution is one thing, but several models already sport full HD 1080p displays. Add to that most already pack in high endurance without the need of special glass like Corning’s Gorilla that is so common on smartphones.
That actually leaves touchscreens as a differentiating and defining factor for most laptops.
And that actually leaves Microsoft very happy, as it prepared to unleash the first ever refresh of its flagship operating system (Windows 8.1) later in the year.