I’m sure this isn’t our team’s intent- instead, we think we’re making SketchUp easier for the majority of users to access. From my team’s perspective, SketchUp running in a web browser is pretty great. So far, our adoption metrics suggest that we aren’t alone in thinking that.
I recognize that SketchUp for web is not at full feature parity with SketchUp Make yet, and for this reason we’re keeping the SketchUp Make client available for download for as long as there is demand. If you were using SketchUp Make yesterday, you can still use it tomorrow. Our experience has shown that our client software lasts a long time— there are still lots of folks using builds that we shipped over five years ago.
There’s no reason to assume that we’ve launched SketchUp for web for any reason other than the one we founded our company under a decade and a half ago- to make 3D modeling as widely useful and available as we can.