The PC industry isn't dead, far from it, but it also isn't exactly flourishing. Fujitsu was just the latest to say so.
Since Windows 8 has shown that it isn't going to save the day by itself, PC makers have to find other means to revitalize the PC industry.
Acer, like others, believes that touch support will help. Since Windows 8 has a touch-based user interface, touchscreens have become more common on monitors, all-in-one PCs and notebooks.
Acer believes that touchscreen laptops with Windows 8 will become mainstream in a few years, with major progress as early as 2013.
At CES 2013, the company should have a decent number of such products on display at its booth. Its rivals should do something similar for that matter.
We will have to wait and see if things pick up steam.