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Tired of using that Web access e-mail client? Going crazy filling out those expense reports using a clunky Web-based system? Missing the superior and responsive desktop application? You're not alone! According to the usability research firm Nielsen Norman Group, "Billions of dollars are wasted yearly in lost productivity as people wait for Web pages to perform duties that could be better handled by a 1984 Macintosh-style GUI application." The promise of Web architecture (no deployment, large scalability, no firewall opening) is hard to refuse. Yet the wide deployment of HTML-based applications has left end users craving for a responsive and productive user interface. There have been several efforts to combine both the Web and the rich UI (DHTML/ActiveX/Java applets). Unfortunately, these add more pain rather than soothe. The Droplets application platform, with the U... (more)