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Why Didn’t Microsoft Offer Cheap Touchscreens?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 8

Francis from Maryland writes:

In keeping with the article regarding people not wanting to switch from Win. 7 to 8 or going back to 7. Why did Microsoft not make available lower cost touch screen monitors available to desktop win. 8 users to make it easier on them to switch? Given that the operating system was created for touch screens? Makes good business sense to me. If a Win. 7 OS buyer has to pay 600 to 800 additionally they won’t want the OS.

Francis, Microsoft doesn’t manufacture or sell monitors, and truthfully a desktop touchscreen monitor is no where near as convenient as a touchscreen might be on a tablet or laptop. There’s way too much reaching involved. The idea behind Windows 8 was that it could be used either in the desktop mode with a mouse and keyboard or the metro/modern mode with touch-friendly devices.


When I use my Windows 8.1 device in desktop mode, I don’t often touch my touchscreen. Microsoft did significantly reduce the price of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers (giving it way in the case of smaller tablets) to encourage¬† the production of many low-cost laptops and tablets running full versions of Windows 8.1

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Why Didn’t Microsoft Offer Cheap Touchscreens?”

  1. L A Graham says:

    Sorry, but a touch-screen monitor is no more expensive than most good quality monitors of the same size. I got a 21″ HP touch-screen monitor for $199, which is comparable to the price of any nontouch monitor I’ve purchased in the past. And, yes, I don’t touch the screen often. However, in a stand-up environment, regularly use the touch-screen feature – at my senior center where I assist older persons with “brain building” computer games.

  2. Jeff k says:

    I also had a touch screen monitor long before win8 came out but did not use it because of driver conflicts with mouse. On the other hand, I am disappointed that there are many new win8 laptops that are NOT touchscreen. I keep trying to open a tile and it don’t work until I remember and go back to the touchpad.

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