OK, I've digested the feedback from a variety of sources and want to play it back.  As with any sufficiently involved topic, I won't capture everything everyone said but rather I'm just trying to capture the recurring patterns.

So what I've heard is:

  • You like CTPs very much.  They provide a valuable way to get early insight into what is coming, engage in discussion and give feedback.
  • You like having them be frequent - most respondents were happy with the every 1 - 3 month range.  There seemed to be consensus that if they come too often you'll skip some.
  • Quality of CTPs is not the #1 consideration but it seemed many would like for CTPs to be a little higher quality and would be willing to pay some frequency to get it but probably not much.
  • VPCs are very popular as a distribution mechanism - but not exclusively.  It seems clear we need to release both VPC and non-VPC versions to satisfy the needs.
  • Many of you remarked about the pain of many incompatible CTPs.  There's a tension here between the cost to produce them (testing them with everything else) and the frequency but I hear that it's something we should spend some time thinking about.  Maybe just being more explicit about what works with what would help some.
  • You would like us to be better about describing what is in a CTP - what you should look at and what you should avoid.

Have I captured the key feedback?  Is there anything important that I missed?