Consumer JRE is ready for testing. It also has a new name: Java SE 6 Update N (we at Sun like to change names of projects for some reason). The big news is that applets start FASTER now... go try it! It is exciting to see that Applets are coming back!
The following features are included (among others):
: Faster coldstart for Java applications and applets
Deployment Toolkit: Easier detection of a user's Java version
from a web page.
- Graphics Performance
: Acceleration through Direct3D on Windows for Java 2D, enabled by default
Nimbus: A new Swing cross-platform look & feel that's much
more modern and cooler than Metal.
More information is available in Chet Haase's