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Many tech savvy individuals doubt Windows 8 will make a huge impact on current PC market at launch, but Foxconn thinks that their manufacturing proficiency and future innovations may hold one of the keys to Windows 8’s success.

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Many tech savvy individuals doubt Windows 8 will make a huge impact on current PC market at launch, but Foxconn thinks that their manufacturing proficiency and future innovations may hold one of the keys to Windows 8’s success. 

It’s clear that Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt at utilizing touchscreens for an enhanced users experience on the PC, but as of right now much of the world’s PC users doesn’t have a touchscreen PC.  Therefore, not only is a transition to a touchscreen based PC a drastic change in user interface, but also people will have to invest in new technology to fully utilize Windows 8. 

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Foxconn’s chairman, Terry Gou, said that Windows 8 utilizes “cutting-edge technology” in areas such as machinery, optics, material, software, and battery.  However, current OEMs may not be ready for an influx of demands in up to date technology that can make the most of all of Windows 8’s “cutting-edge technology.” 

Gou went on to say that his company has made progress in the areas of machinery, optical technology, and energy-saving battery technology.  Foxconn currently employs people in Japan and Taiwan to work with display suppliers such as Sharp and Chimei Innolux to research and develop low-radiation, high-definition, and eye-control display technologies. 

Although Foxconn has a lot of resources within the manufacturing and research sector, Gou is quick to also note that small to medium sized high definition panels will be short supply at Windows 8’s launch.  Gou forecasts that the company will be able to meet demands of consumers for touch based high definition displays within 3-5 years. 

If Foxconn can pump out most of the world’s iPhone demands, then there’s no doubt that they can meet demands for components needed in Windows 8.  However, even if Foxconn manages to wow consumers with super cheap Windows 8 optimized products, critics and average consumers have yet to rave or shut the door on Microsoft’s next gen PC platform. 

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What are the keys to unlocking Windows 8 again?  Perhaps it’s the cheap labor needed to manufacture those “cutting-edge technology.”

Reference: focustaiwan.tw