We use the date column a lot. For example, at HR we need to put in the birthday. It’s much faster to type in the date then selecting it via the date picker. Users are now always obliged to use the date picker which in this case is unhandy. You can imagine if you need to fill multiple date records like 02-04-1969 this is much slower via date picker. So it would be nice that in addition or as a replacement users could key entry a date.