Touchscreen PCs poised to make some noise
Touchscreen desktop PCs have been around for some time, but their applications in the workplace have been limited or, at least, largely ignored. However, that may soon change, as new developments in the technology industry are sparking a renewed interest in touchscreen computers.
Tablet computers and smartphones are obvious catalysts of this trend. In the past few years, these devices have been among the fastest-growing technologies in the industry. As a result, more manufacturers are looking to apply their features -- such as touchscreen capabilities -- to other devices, like desktop and laptop computers.
The anticipation of Microsoft's upcoming Windows® 8 should also generate some interest in touchscreen PCs. Taking a cue from tablet computers, Windows 8 will include a touchscreen-heavy interface that may find favor among many users.
In addition to industry trends, several practical applications may push businesses and consumers to adopt touchscreen technology. For example, touchscreens can boost efficiency, as it is much easier to tap an icon with one's finger than it is to point and click with a mouse.
It is unclear whether users will flock to touchscreen PCs the same way they have to tablet computers. However, with the number of all-in-one systems slated to hit the market in the coming months, it is apparent that some interest has been piqued.