[MIX06] Why no IE Roadmap?
I asked Dave Massey why the IE team doesn't publish a product roadmap for Internet Explorer. Firefox publishes a roadmap, which gives web designers an idea of what's ahead - why can't Microsoft do the same?
Dave said that they can't publish an official roadmap since other companies rely on Microsoft's published policies - some companies will stake their entire future on them. So they can only publish things they're reasonably certain they can commit to.
General direction of a more informal nature will show up on the IE blog. That's another advantage of corporate blogs - since they're by nature more informal, companies have options for communication between press release and secrecy now.
However, IE did just release a public bug tracking system for IE similar to Bugzilla, called Internet Explorer Feedback. How cool is that?