I am not a big fan of Jonathan Schwartz but I couldn't agree with his comments He asked the audience at a keynote which they'd rather give up - their browser, or all the rest of their desktop applications and unanimously, they all said they would give up the latter without a blink.
I still like some of my apps – i.e. Tomboy on Linux, and maybe emacs. What else?? I am thinking but can't really come up with any. He does have a point. Granted we need OpenOffice, Gnumeric, and Evolution to run do daily stuff like pop email from our Gmail account and write documents, but beyond that, the Web has taken over in offering information and applications.