Why Java Applets did not make it

There was some discussion in class today about why Java Applets did not take off as much as Sun Microsystems had hoped. While I really do not know the answers, here are my thoughts.

I am interested in hearing what other people think. Java Applets were something introduced in the wrong time period. Had it been introduced later when it was more mature, it might have appealed to more people. I guess it is a compromise between how early to enter the market and when to wait for maturity of your technology.

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