Ok, I am out.
I don't comment on this anymore.
Forgive me for saying so Christra, but you're taking all of this FAR too personally. Yes some people have called you out for saying stuff that you haven't, and that's only misinformation on their part.
Credit to you for being one of the only mods to continue to contribute.
We can surmise that whatever happened is bad, and has caused an unavoidably delay, but the single thing that I would like to emphasise across all this SSMS2 nonsense is that the developer's communication policy leaves a lot to be desired.
They should not be using you as middle-men to relay communication. Any dev worth their salt would have direct communication with their customers. THIS is what "the community" would like to see rectified before they see their would-be customer start to give up and leave.
I don't think I'm going to bother saying any more on the matter to be honest, but I personally would like this fed back to the developers.
We'd all like to see this released, but communication black-out is commercial suicide