Sources from the upstream supply chain told DigiTimes that Windows 8 will likely increase the cost of notebooks due to Microsoft's focus on touchscreen capabilities:
Notebook brand vendors originally expected ultrabooks and Windows 8 to help start a new wave of PC replacement in the second half of 2012, but are reportedly facing great pressure as Windows 8's touchscreen design as well as the software itself may increase the cost of products and push their end prices out of the mainstream level, thus reducing consumer demand, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Since ultrabook prices are still unable to drop to a desirable level, while notebooks that feature Windows 8 are likely to increase in costs due to Microsoft greatly promoting the software's touchscreen capabilities, while the software will continue to remain at a high price , PC vendors are currently facing great pressure as strong demand may not emerge as they originally expected.
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Re: Windows 8 to raise notebook prices? by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 02 2012 @ 12:42:07 CEST
Ridiculous. No one complains that we should give up touchscreens on phones or tablets because of cost, and those things get pretty cheap.
Moreover vendors have been introducing notebooks with touchscreens for a year, they just didn't warm up much because it didn't do much for the windows environment. So MS isn't the cause of the problem here. It is enabling a widespread (and hence CHEAP) technology to be used on a wider range of devices. Maybe it's time to ditch blu ray on mainstream devices and instead concentrate on good screens that people can use.