I shouldn't be writing about this, because we were saving it as the big announcement for this year's JavaOne, but the information has already leaked: I've seen several NetBeans developers blogging about it - so there's no point in hiding it anymore...
The next major release of NetBeans, which is planned for 2009, will be a complete rewrite - NetBeans is going to be provided as an online service and it's source code will be rewritten in a new programming language. But before I tell you which language it is, read the reasoning first.
We are also investigating the possibilities of running ads in the online version of NetBeans. By that we could make significant money on NetBeans - we could do even more NetBeans days globally with much better finger food. What the heck, we could even transport beer directly from the Czech Republic so that developers could taste some real beer during NetBeans days!
I've never been more excited about the future of NetBeans - we all know that the future is online in the web browser and NetBeans is extremely well positioned to take the online IDE market by storm!