Finally, Some Good News for Windows 8

In the seven months since launch, Microsoft Windows 8 has been off to a sluggish start, with global PC sales plunging in the first quarter. There's some good news, though: IHS DisplayBank estimates that 10% of the 46 million laptops sold in the first quarter were touchscreen models. Consumers thus far have been faced with a tough trade-off between price and the desire for a touchscreen, but adoption may be beginning.

The data undermines the long-standing view that touchscreen laptops quickly lead to arm fatigue, which is the approach that rival Apple has taken. Apple may never release a touchscreen MacBook. Search giant Google has also bet on touchscreen laptops with its premium Chromebook Pixel.

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It's been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who've watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In a new premium report on Microsoft, a Motley Fool analyst explains that while the opportunity is huge, so are the challenges. The report includes regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.

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