Windows 8 touch-screen laptop price cuts coming
With Microsoft expected to give PC makers a discount on Windows 8 licensing fees, price cuts for touch-screen laptops will follow, Asia-based sources tell Digitimes.
Expect to see significant price cuts on Windows 8 touch-screen laptops if Microsoft's expected Windows 8 discount on licensing fees for PC makers is implemented.
Those price cuts could range between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a report in Digitimes, which cites sources at Taiwan's retailers.
Those same sources indicated that touch-screen laptops now account for about 10 percent of sales, but this could jump to 20 percent in some cases with discounts from Microsoft.
An IDC analyst quickly chimed in on Tuesday telling CNET thatshould follow.
The discounts for PC makers has become necessary because Windows 8-based products aren't selling very well.
"The problem is the PC market is horribly stalled so they have make some pretty dramatic moves to reignite the market," IDC's Bob O'Donnell told CNET on Tuesday.
Digitimes sources also noted that $500 will be the new "sweet spot" for touchscreen laptops.