@vesuvius: I left out the Azure strategy but agree with you on what you just stated. I think companies are really getting tired of paying for IT maintenance on all the servers and backups. Azure does the upgrades and backups for you. The heavy activity is in cloud services. Even personally I think we are getting more comfortable with the cloud and keeping our digital valuables backed up there.
But to SteveRichter, there will always be intensive apps that still run as a standalone client and this wont disappear. I used to like google and bing maps until I lost my connection to the internet travelling to Alaska. GPS still worked. Thats where a standalone map application was very valuable. I dont think we always need a live app.