Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft (MSFT) was offering its manufacturing partners a discount on Windows 8 licensing fees. The reduced cost will likely help manufacturers offer lower priced Windows 8 laptops. According to Digitimes, prices of Windows 8-powered touchscreen notebooks are expected to drop at least 10%, while some entry-level models could drop as much as 20%. Touchscreen laptops currently account for about 10% of all notebook sales, however the reduced prices are expected to increase sales to account for more than 20% in the second quarter. The new “sweet spot” for touchscreen notebooks is said to be around $500, although it will still likely take some time before consumers fully embrace the new operating system.