About the article, it was crap.
LOL he said Goodle Sketch Up might replace blender in the near future. Google made Sketch Up free so that people could make models of the buildings and upload them to Google World, so that it will take the work load off google. That and to spread google to every part of computer world, thats the reason behind google search tab in firefox, picasa, and other free software from google.
That is something a person who thinks that blender can only make models and render simple scenes would say. Anyone who thinks like that has no right to comment about blender’s UI functionality compared to other programs. Blender is not just a one man army, its a combination of modeling, compositing, rendering, animating, texturing, UV unwrapping, basically all in one UI. That is something that no app can do. Unfortunately that is also the bad point of the UI in blender. That much stuff all in one place makes little room for buttons, so shortcuts have to be used, which are fast, but hard to remember, especially if you are knew.