Whether we like it or not Flash is here to stay, especially now that CS5 is going to allow deployment to iPhone, iPad, and other “smart” devices. It just won’t be used as much for your standard web site, just for specialized applications where that level of control is necessary. Adobe isn’t stupid. They realize that Flash is a platform, not a product or a plugin. They are changing the direction of how it will be used and from what I can tell that use will be more appropriate than creating Tetris or a bunch of words floating on a web page. A great example is TweetDeck. The battle for the top platform of tomorrow’s interactive app platform is just heating up.
A survey released today by Elance and Microsoft Office Live shows that 64% of small business owners would prefer to do something else (tax returns, give a speech, run a 10K race) than develop a website. For many it is a difficult task that they would prefer to ignore or have a professional complete for them. This provides a great opportunity for web designers and developers.