C9 seems to have become very negative in the past few months, and so I'm going to be taking my leave for a while.
C9 was always supposed to be about trying to get a Microsoft view-point on stuff, and learn about cool new technologies and how they work before they hit the stores.
It was supposed to be about understanding why Microsoft does stuff and how Microsoft does stuff.
Complaining about Microsoft stuff or trying to change how Microsoft does stuff were always better handled by other forums such as slashdot or connect. C9 was always supposed to be positive and informative: "I wonder why on earth they made this decision" and then a Microsoft viewpoint that makes you think "aha - there is a reason, and that reason changes how I see the world".
Sadly a lot of posts on C9 recently have been exceptionally negative and delved far beyond constructive criticism. In trying to be positive and try to think of reasons why Microsoft made decisions, I seem to have made things worse - kicking up a storm of anger from some people here on C9 that I never intended or expected to happen, and for that I apologise.
The return of beer28 seems to have reduced the number of actual (declared) Microsoft folk here to almost zero and the few who are left abstain from discussions to do with Microsoft.
The secrecy of Win8 has meant that even the videos haven't been particularly insightful of late, focusing instead on early-stage language and concurrency research rather than products like IE, Office, VS and Windows.
So anyway, after a bit of thought I've decided to take an extended holiday from C9. It's been great while it lasted, and I'll miss you guys.
So until I return, farewell niners!