Will Windows 8's touchscreen appeal to laptop users?
Software giant Microsoft® has pulled out all the stops with its upcoming Windows® 8, overhauling many aspects found on previous versions of the operating system and introducing a handful of new features. One addition is the implementation of touchscreen capabilities.
The introduction of the touchscreen is obviously an attempt to put Microsoft in the thick of the burgeoning tablet computer market. However, the capability will extend to many laptop computer models as well. This begs the question of whether users will actually respond to touchscreen laptops.
Several industry observers have noted that PC manufacturers are working on a variety of cutting-edge form factors that make the touchscreen laptop more enticing. Hybrid, convertible and fold-over laptops are all currently in the works, each with the possibility of leveraging the touchscreen for improved functionality.
One example of this is the IdeaPad® YOGA from Lenovo®. The device combines the ideas behind the clamshell notebook and the tablet computer. The YOGA includes a physical keyboard like a traditional laptop, but the screen also flips and rotates to offer the user a fully functional tablet-like device that includes touchscreen capabilities.
In its traditional form, the laptop has little practical use for a touchscreen. But as innovative designs are introduced, more users may find themselves drawn to the additional functionality.