JavaFX - Reinvigorating Java on the client
As one of the original fans of "Java on client," the launch of the preview SDK at http://www.javafx.com is a step in reinvigorating Java on the client.
The recent encouraging work on Java deployment at https://jdk6.dev.java.net/6u10ea.html
with the complete rearchitecting of the Java plugins and applets and essentially unifying them is really promising.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done. It's the preview SDK. Although a lot of work has gone into it, it's not cross platform (yet).
Hoping that the v1.0 will be real kick ass with feedback from developers and designers. In the meantime, I better update my HOL that I presented at JavaOne which is completely out of date :-)