Apparently not anymore.
As for XSLT 2.0 - we’ve heard from customers and understand the improvements in XSLT 2.0 over XSLT 1.0, but right now we’re in the middle of a big strategic investment in LINQ and EDM for the future of the data programming platform which we think will create major improvements in programming against all types of data.
Some advice to those of you considering upgrading to VS.NET 2008: Don’t waste your time.
Oh, and regarding,
But we are always re-evaluating our technology investments so if your readers want to ramp up their volume on XSLT 2.0 please ask them to drop us a line with their comments.
Drop you a line? Some advice to those who think it might actually make a difference: I’ve tried that. As already mentioned, don’t waste your time.
NOTE-TO-SELF: When folks you have reason to trust such as Mike Champion and Alex Barnett start leaving any given team @ MSFT, take this as a sign: Don’t waste your time trying to get through to the Neanderthals they used to report to. Quite obviously they no longer report to these fools for a reason.
DISCLAIMER: I have no clue why Mike or Alex left the Microsoft XML team. I only know that when they left all the goodness they brought to the XML team left with them.
Trust is hard thing to earn, Microsoft. No doubt I’m not the only one on this planet who no longer feels trust is something you are worthy of. At least not as it relates to the XML team. Fortunately for the rest of us we have better options. e.g. Saxonica and Oxygen. And no doubt with MSFT no longer “threatening” to release an XSLT 2.0 processor and tools to support that processor there are others with a clear vision of the future who will step in and begin building more/better/faster processors, more/better/faster tools, and ultimately leave MSFT realizing that losing people’s trust is really a bad business decision to make, though I doubt you’re going to hear Dr. Kay or George Christian Bina complaining anytime soon as their business opportunities just got a whole lot bigger.
Folks, if you want the best XML processing and development tools on the planet, don’t bother wasting your time OR your money w/ MSFT. Look elsewhere. At least that’s my opinion. No doubt you have your own.