It seems to me that the browser issue is one of the key problems facing our platform at the moment. A highly capable web browser is an essential piece of software for the vast majority of users these days. Such a browser on RISC OS would certainly encourage me to drag more of my computing back onto my preferred OS.
I don't know what might be going on behind the scenes, but IMHO, Castle, ROD et al should see money spent on bringing an excellent browser to RISC OS as an investment. Something like Firefox running on RISC OS would be a huge asset to the platform, and I applaud the efforts of Peter and the porting crew to make things like that happen.
In general, also, I feel that the ease of porting software is going to get increasingly important to RISC OS's survival in the future, and it would be great to see the main commercial players in the market investing in that. The investment might not see direct returns, but I think that it would more than pay for itself in terms of stimulating the market and encouraging users to spend on other things. Unfortunately, hardware + operating system does not alone a viable platform make.