Getting people to adopt touch technology on their laptops won't be easy. It's not the way people are accustomed to interacting with PCs.
"The problem is everyone expected this to come out fully baked," said Stephen Baker, a consumer tech analyst at NPD. "But Windows 8 is not like anything before. It'll take time for people to get it."
Even some top industry executives haven't wrapped their heads around the concept. In April, when asked if Apple would be producing touchscreen laptops to compete with Microsoft, company CEO Tim Cook scoffed.
"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user," Cook said on a conference call with analysts. "You wouldn't want to put these things together because you wind up compromising in both."
The price, availability and awareness obstacles that touchscreen laptops face can all be overcome. But at least two of those won't be knocked down until next summer, at the earliest.
Because today's touchscreen market is dominated by smartphones and tablets, there's been little vendor demand for the larger sizes needed for laptop screens. That means suppliers aren't making many of them, which drives up their price, according to NPD's Baker.
He predicts that increased demand will force screen makers to ramp up their large touchscreen supplies by the middle of next year. That will push more touchscreen laptop prices down into the $500 range.
"It will be a very different market by 'back to school,'" Baker said.
Will consumers take notice? If they want the best Windows 8 experience, they should.