Just in time for JavaOne, it looks like Sun and the community have breathed some new life into the JDIC, the JDesktop Integration Components, a project that has appeared dead for over a year.Via Kirill's Swing Links of the Week, I found a very interesting announcement from last Monday about a new project called JDICPlus. Currently only for Windows, JDICPlus allows you to work more closely with the Win32 API, primarily allowing a lightweight wrapper around IE.
Right now it's in a pretty early stage, but they have some nice demos showing a Java web browser using IE, Flash playing in a Swing Frame, and a Map Explorer app that looks pretty neat.
Many users had written JDIC off for dead since the release of Mustang, where, I believe, the most used parts of the API were rolled into the core API. It's good to see someone making use of the components to add enhanced integration with a key platform. If you're deploying a Java client to Windows, take a look at JDICPlus, it might just make your experience a bit smoother.