Do you think desktop application development will remain in high demand, will be phased out, or will go away? Share your prediction by taking this quick poll.
It seems like the only applications that most people still run locally on their desktop are Web browsers and Office suite programs, and Office is jeopardized by online versions. Meanwhile, a lot of attention is going to mobile apps, and there is a strong chance that mobile operating systems could eventually be running on devices powerful enough to replace desktop systems for typical usage.
Given all of these factors, I think it is quite possible that desktop applications will become a niche market, reserved for "workstation" style tasks like multimedia processing, number crunching, and development. What do you think?