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IDC says sales of touchscreen laptops were overestimated

By David Tom
Aug 12, 2013
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  1. When Microsoft launched the touch-optimized Windows 8 OS in October 2012, they were heavily banking on the prediction that touch-enabled laptops and desktops will be the next big thing in computing. Although this move was already viewed as bold at...

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  2. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 209   +30

    I guess people voted with their wallets.
     
  3. It takes more effort to touch a screen than use a mouse. Remember those light gun games, they took stamina.
     
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    Point ive been making all along, it takes less effort to move a mouse (resting on a table) 2 inches than to move your hand across 12 inches in the air.
     
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  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +710

    Just shows how desperate these companies are to believe their own BS. Meanwhile here in the real world we go right on using what actually makes sense.
     
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  6. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    It's 3D all over. It's a cool feature but not a must have or needed all the time. Mouse is much better than touch for getting stuff down. Touch is cool for play and certain applications. A all for one is for everything sounds cool but in practice just doesn't work. They could of made the desktop version of windows 8 slightly different and it could getting love instead if hate. I really don't understand how Microsoft makes this billion dollar mistakes. Kinda wished apples wisdom was body owed upon Microsoft and we would have some rally cool stuff instead of this mess. Maybe they can clean it up with windows 9 but I doubt it. Start8 and modern mix create the perfect windows 8. Check them out
     
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 647   +227

    Windows 8 would have the fastest selling most popular operating system on planet earth right now with all it's under-the-hood improvements if Microsoft wasn't so ignorant. They could have used the core operating system for 3(or 50 different devices). Who cares really. As long as the primary UI the operating system is running on makes sense.Microsoft is a multi-billion dollar company who didn't wanna take the "time" to make at, minimum, 2 different interfaces, for the devices which it would be used on.
    Windows 8 could have been great. But instead Microsoft ignored, completely ignored, all the feedback they were getting because they thought people would just bend over and take it. Yes, some of you chimpanzees did bend over and dropped your pants, closed your eyes, and said, "Okay, I am ready for whatever you got.". Thank God a good majority of people still got more brains than a chimpanzee.

    The only way I would ever accept touch as the primary interface on my desktop, is if I was a chimpanzee in a laboratory playing tic-tac-toe 24 hours day. Barring that scenario, it ain't gonna happen, ever, on my desktop. Can't wait to see Windows 8 crumble to the ground like a 27 story skyscraper.

    Windows 8 and the fad touch-UI gimmick is on life support. Hopefully, six months from now, it will be dead, and we can all get back to doing things the right way.
     
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  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    For me, its all touch, or no touch. Touch enabled laptops are stupid IMO.

    The biggest fail for touch screens, is they still aren't accessible to customers to make purchases at any stores you go to. Seems they are more excited about mounting TV's to the wall. *Yawn*
     
  9. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    If reaching across six to twelve inches to your screen is a bother, you've got more problems than just choosing touch or mouse.
     
  10. Asok Asus

    Asok Asus TS Rookie

    If touch was REALLY vastly superior to mouse input, people would gladly pay a premium for it. But the truth of the matter is that touch on a PC is about as useful as teats on a boar hog. Actually, less useful. Does Microsoft really expect 100 million CAD/CAM designers, accountants, and other industrial content makers to hold their arms up horizontally all day inaccurately poking smudges on their 42" monitors with their fat fingers, working at 1/100th the speed as before Windows 8 with 1000 times the physical effort, in the mean time destroying their necks and shoulder girdles for life?


    Touch is an extremely low bandwidth input method with horrendous inaccuracy and extremely harmful ergonomics when compared to a keyboard and mouse. Touch might be ok for looking up the latest cat video, or tweeting, texting, or talking, but that's about it.

    It would be foolish to pay a large premium for such a useless "feature", and with most consumers not being fools, they've elected to forego paying a premium for such foolishness.
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,897

    You are so funny at times, I don't know whether to bow my head or laugh.

    Walking a staircase is not really a bother either, unless you had to do it all day. If you had to do it all day, I bet you would wish you had an elevator. But from your angle of view, if walking up one flight of stairs is such a bother, you have more problems than choosing a staircase or elevator. Lets completely forget about how many times, the same physical action has been done.
     
  12. Why would anyone need touchscreen in laptop? touchscreen markets are tablets and transformers
     
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,048

    To my way of thinking, touchscreens only make sense on portable devices & public machines. On desktop machines they're a waste of time & effort.
     
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    I get seriously annoyed when people touch my monitors and leave smudge marks on them. Touchscreens on laptops/desktops never made sense from day 1.
     
  15. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    its a bother when your playing a FPS for a couple of hours, or doing serious 3D or 2D work.

    Regardless of whether or not its a "bother" its simply less efficient than a mouse, as well as more time consuming.
     
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