If you guys were in action, you'd have a beta.
Silence isn't exactly the way you develop a platform and engage developers. Silence isn't exactly the way you interact with customers and collect their pain points and desires to create a feature list for the next release. In the end, silence is a good way to create false expectations and alienate your developers and customers who care enough to follow this blog. People who follow this blog are not exactly your casual users. We are your power users. We are your core developers. We are your fans.
I'd like to point out that the community hasn't been confusing silence with inaction, but has been (correctly) equating silence with *uncertainty*.
You have zero credibility with developers. You need to be upfront, honest, and open.
So who is being raked over the coals? It's actually Microsoft and this is taking place on their own IE blog. The post from last week had a similarly icy reception. What has web developers so riled up? Well apparently there was a meeting in Redmond this week to discuss IE8. The only information coming out of that was that the next version of IE is going to be 8. No information about features, plans, or anything else, even to people who are design partners. It has been a year since IE7 was released and the IE product manager has been virtually silent about any future plans. Bill Gates committed to a 9 to 12 month release of IE updates, so some people are pretty pissed. Read more about it at Computerworld and Molly Holzschlag's blog.
See, MS developers do call MS to task sometimes. :-)