There's a lot of great functionality inside a modern browser, but not everything you want to do is possible or supported natively by enough browsers to be useful. One could argue that maybe browsers shouldn't do everything. Functionality like animation, gaming, and video might best be handled by the rich plugin architecture built into browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer. Whatever side of the fence you sit on, it's undeniable that plugins add a lot to the browsing experience.
Applets were introduced back in 1995 along ...