The trouble with them was that Microsoft did not adapt the OS well enough to work with the touch screen.
DESKTOP COMPUTERS NO LONGER COMMODITIES
Have you thought about what these changes away from the desktop, away from the laptop and onto tablets with only apps? As desktop sales decrease farther and farther, us folks that need really powerful machines with lots of hard drives in them are going to have to pay more.
APPAFICATION OF SOFTWARE
The Apple iOS is already locked into buying only from the Apple store. They are moving their laptops in that direction also and Microsoft with Windows 8 is leaning that way too.