ReadWriteWeb it seems Mr Kirkpatrick is all a quiver with Adobe AIR :
AIR lets developers use Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML and AJAX to create desktop apps. That means no more ugly desktop software!
No more ugly desktop software. Do you really think it was the software that was the problem before? Unless you're part of the short-attention-span-journalism industry, it'll take more than drop shadows and bouncy icons to get past ugly software.