Now this, where this is "JDIC - JDesktop Integration Components", is some interesting news. Makes me wonder if this is part of the upshoot of the MS deal. If it is, this actually could spark a little boost to Java on the desktop.

JDIC provides Java applications with access to facilities provided by the native desktop such as the mailer, the browser, and registered document viewing applications. Additionally it provides the mechanisms by which Java applications can integrate into the native desktop such as registering Java applications as document viewers on the desktop and creating installer packages.

One thing I worry about is how this could lock out third party widgets -- say if you wanted to use the Mozilla COM control instead of the MS Internet Control, which is almost certainly what this is using.

But the big deal is that JDIC is doing what SWT does. Interesting, indeed.