I predict this year, 2007, will be the year computer users more and more test using online software like Goggle Office. This year will also be the year we will see more applications available at a beginners level. See Adobe Brings Video Editing Online. Beyond that, Adobe plans to take Photoshop online buzz is all about today.
Primarily the days of downloading the “free” or “trial” version are going to disappear. Rather you will work with a lite version for free but only online. This will allow software companies get potential customers for paid upgraded versions and other services as well as potential advertising revenues.
I believe next year, 2008, will be the year that marks a large paradigm shift to software companies offering software online and more so users accepting the use of that software as their standard.