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Why Aren’t Touch Screen Laptops Catching On

Why Aren’t Touch Screen Laptops Catching On

If skyrocketing tablet sales and cute videos of babies that confuse magazines for iPads are any indication, touchscreens are the interface of the future. But there’s just one problem with that portentous prediction: If it’s true, laptop buyers are stuck with one foot in the past. The market analysts at NPD DisplaySearch say touchscreen notebooks just ain’t selling.

Touchscreen laptops only accounted for 7 percent of all laptop sales in the first six months of 2013, the firm claims, though that’s expected to rise to 11 percent by the end of the year.

The news isn’t good for Microsoft, which overhauled its Windows operating system to showcase a new, finger-friendly “Modern” interface in Windows 8. Touchscreen laptops were hard to come by in 2012, and Microsoft pointed to that to at least partially explain the slowing PC sales of the last holiday season.  Read More >

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