The problem though, is that not many companies can be too open about their development schedule, or be overly zealous in promoting what might be in their software later on.
The dilemna for NT, is that they have lost a lot faith from users, each new release isn’t stellar from the last, and this in itself makes people be a little more cautious in where the future development is heading. In turn, it’s why many of us would like some clear hint as to where it’s all going.
For other software devs. this situation doesn’t exist, the users aren’t in such a doubt about the product they ask for a roadmap. For example, take Sofimage, nothing was really known about XSI 4, no features released, no release date, nothing. Did it really bother anyone? Not really because the users know that Soft have lead by example in releasing forward looking updates, on time when they give a release date. It’s pretty much the same for Alias, C4D, etc.
That kind of doubt that NT attracts doesn’t exist for most other companies, and NT, I guess, can’t realy play the same game as the others now either.