Creating Web Intelligence reports in Applet and maintaining Java versions across multiple users is challenging. Incompatible JAVA will cause issues with users. As newer BOBJ versions releasing in 4.2 SAP slowly moving away from JAVA applet and incorporating everything in DHTML viewer.
Excel, Free-hand SQL, BEx data sources are now supported in HTML viewer.
BW datasource webi reports Query panel can now be accessed in HTML viewer
Advanced Query panel filters like Subquery, Database Ranking are now in HTML Modify mode.
New formatting rules can be created
Number formats can be changed
Changing Data source is available