The post can be summed up in a “we don’t care if you don’t like what we’re saying, we know better from telemetry. To which I want to respond.. dude… don’t keep chasing the ellusive bleeding edger that likes change and forget the person using your products now.
Show me someone USING Internet Explorer and when IE9 rolls out and the VERY first thing they ask is “where are my favorites”. So when designing this stuff don’t just get data … ASK users what they like/don’t like. And ASK people that USE your product. I have change the default settings of every IE9 deployment to ask people what they liked, if they wanted tabs separated, if they wanted the tool bars exposed. In my office only one person wanted the clean real estate. The rest wanted their tabs and favorites back. So in rolling out new things how about having a setup wizard that ASKS a current user of your products how they want things set up.
“Media Center will not be part of the first pre-release builds. Some other features/capabilities will not be in the first pre-release builds including: Windows 7 games, DVD Creator, upgrade setup, Dot Net 3.5 (Note there are perhaps a couple of other relatively low profile items but just wanted to hit the major ones here). These are engineering decisions as well as business decisions.”
Finally, okay Steven I know you are an Executive and thus probably a tad clueless in the nuts and bolts of how your products work but for the record it’s called .NET not “DOT NET” and when you say it won’t include DOT NET 3.5, if the OS includes “DOT NET 4″ that’s inclusive of 3.5 as well.