For those that may not have been following my blog, I’ve been exploring different ways to leverage ink on the web. Coming from a Tablet developer like myself you might be surprised. Great user experiences can come from rich client applications. However, there’s a problem here. When I look around at my neighbors and friends, I see that they spend the majority of their time in the browser and browser-based applications. There are lots of practical reasons for this.
The problem just isn’t what users are doing today though. It’s where the growth is.
Stop and think about all the Web 2.0 growth. Where’s the ink story? Does GMail support ink directly? Yahoo Calendar? WikiCalc? Or AjaxSketch? Outside of using the TIP, there’s no browser ink support. In fact, let’s say that half of all apps are browser based (does anyone know what the number is and what the growth actually is?) and let’s say none of them support ink. That sounds like instant lock out. Well, yes, users can use the TIP and the Tablet’s form-factor is nice, but I mean what if you wanted to draw a path in a Google map, could you? Or annotate a picture in Flickr? There isn’t any good ink story.
There’s lots of potential here.