Intel: 80 percent of PC users prefer touch screens

Intel is holding court at its annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today and the company is using the event to promote all of the upcoming innovations it sees coming to the PC industry in the very near future.

VentureBeat reports that, according to the company's general manager of the PC Client business Kirk Skaugen, more innovative hardware and software is coming to the PC industry in the next 18 months "than you’ve seen in a decade."

Of course, one of the biggest changes in the PC space will be the rise of touch screens in notebooks and in tablet-notebook hybrids, thanks in part to the upcoming launch of Windows 8. Intel predicted earlier this year that 40 Ultrabooks with touch screens will be launched before the end of the year. Intel said today that, according to their own tests, 80 percent of PC users prefer touchscreens over other controls when doing everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet. Intel conducts interviews of 220,000 people a year.

Other innovations that will be coming to the mass market soon, at least according to Intel, include supporting all day battery life on a laptop, better voice recognition software, close-range depth tracking for PC cameras, and support for 4K display resolutions.

Intel also said today that their fourth generation version of their Core PC processors, which have the code name Haswell, will have twice the performance of current generation Core chips but use the same amount of energy; they will launch in the second half of 2013.

Source: VentureBeat | Image via Intel

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