The issue of Whidbey delay is not an emotional one
Reading this blog entry from Jason Mauss, I think he misses the point of all the complaining surrounding the Whidbey delay. OK, maybe not all of the complaining, but certainly my complaining.
The information behind the delay, coming from Tom Rizzo anyway in the eWeek article, is that they want a simultaneous release because that'd be really cool. If that's not true, then someone needs to do some damage control for Rizzo.
That's the core of the soreness I'm sure for most people. Whidbey isn't perfect now, but it's sure in remarkable shape for something that isn't even beta yet. Us ASP.NET developers in particular have had to “fight” with Visual Studio and work the way it says we should, not the way that makes sense for us. Whidbey fixes that.
The related issue is that the new features can solve real problems today, in far less time than if we had to deal with them ourselves. Master pages, membership, personalization... these are all things that make our lives easier when responding to our customers. Sure, Microsoft can't be blamed for not delivering these things, but it's too late, they put them out there for us to see, and now we want it. This isn't an emotional issue, it's an issue of us being able to work better, work faster and make more money.
It's all about the bling for me. I could care less about using exciting new stuff for the sake of being exciting.