I recently visited with my good friend, Kelly Forrister, at her home in beautiful Ojai California. The purpose of my visit was to show her the Tablet PC system and environment and to give her a tour of my most recent addition to my mobile knowledge worker productivity toolkit. We recorded a podcast of the meeting and I invite you to listen in as I give Kelly a tour of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC.
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Ed, Aside from my personal desires, I do not see this as business critical for IBM/Lotus today, but I do see a shift in what users will come to expect in the future. I agree that, in the business, market Tablets are still niche oriented and vertical market. However, the once-large price difference between a laptop and a Tablet PC form factor has diminished rapidly. As it does, more tablets will be sold and more people will expect to use their applications with a tablet.
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Here's what I don't understand:
Why should ANY application be "ink-enabled"?
The way Microsoft have approached the Tablet PC is all wrong in this regard: ink-enabling should be an OS-level abstraction. Applications should just take advantage of what the host operating system offers, using its input managers and what-have-you. It seems crazy to me that the OS vendor is relying on application developers to push *their* technology in this way.
I'm sure MS have their reasons for tackling the Table PC like this, but I must be missing something big time...
Yes, Ben, you've missed something.
So did IBM and the Lotus Notes team.
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