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.
I find that (right now) people either "get" tablets or they don't - kind of like Lotus Notes. I did not "get" tablets at first (in fact, I'll admit that in 1991 when Lotus offered to pay for my certification, I did not fully "get" Lotus Notes either). My experience has been that if I can get someone to set down and let me show them what Lotus Notes can do for them, most, if not all, suddenly "get it.:" I think Tablet PC's are in the same adoption curve.
Right now, many people, I think, see the Tablet PC as a glorified laptop. I did. Until, after reading all the hype, I bought one and challenged myself to use it. It's creative, innovative, and addictive, (I hope that when you blog about your new (Apple?) Tablet someday, that you'll remember I said this..
So, would I stop the Notes team from working on R8 just to add ink support?
Would I make sure that they understand the possibilities of this platform? [and strongly encourage them to add ink support?]
As an eProductivity Specialist, I'm always looking for or trying to create ways to make my weekly review easier. I think that digital ink is one way to increase the productive value of Lotus Notes and I plan to bend the ear of anyone at IBM that will listen.
What do you think?