It's old news if you're a subscriber to thelist, but in case you've missed it, Macromedia has announced Flash MX, and is making it no secret that they hope to extend Flash's adoption from an animation medium, to become a usable, application platform for the web. is reporting on Macromedia's Flash MX, with views from Macromedia spokespeople, an analyst, and a developer.

Read the article and then have your say via the comments field below. Do you think this sounds like an improvement to existing usability issues within Flash? Are we looking at a huge opportunity for Macromedia and Flash developers? Is life going to get easier or more difficult for web developers?