Does Microsoft ever do official announcements when it kills off a development tech?
The ones that have affected me did not have announcements that I know of. (Those are Linq To SQL, Silverlight, Smart Device Projects and general focusing away from Enterprise and to Consumer development.)
I have usually found out via a comment on a Microsoft blog or an MSDN Documentation page. (I mention this because it seems WCF Data Services has been killed off that way too.)
This seems like a very frustrating way to communicate such disappointing news. Is there a reason that they do it this way? (Rather than an official channel where at least a few reasons can be given.)
UPDATE: When I say "Kill" I mean it in the "Kill the Project" kind of sense. Meaning that there is no longer a team at Microsoft adding new features.
For example, if the WCF Data Services has truly been killed then it will not get the "Singleton" feature that is in V4 of OData.