Everybody knows the drawbacks of Java Applets. Long loading times, browser freezing and stability problems. That fact does not make java applet popular1. Most that problems lie in the quality of java browser plug-in itself, which was not really good and was not improved over longer time. since last weeks.
Sun has ground up rewritten the browser java Plug-in. Following was done in this rebuild.
The last point sounds very interesting for me. Earlier i had much to do with applets, developing them for particular (old) java version, declared as only one supported corporate standard, but using in development newest version. So it was not always comfortable thing.
We will see what that new development brings...