Thank you all for your feedback. Looking at the comments below, I see two things that I feel I need to address:
1. What modules go to what license editions
2. The declined confidence of our customers about our ability to hit the release dates we've committed to and the expected bugs and issues with upcoming releases.
1. Around the time of every release we announce the roadmap for the next one. In the roadmap we say which features will be part of which license editions well before the release comes out. Vassil did say that our development will benefit all editions with each release and that holds true. From everything that was released with 4.1 and will be released with 4.2 this summer, e-commerce is the only thing that was restricted license wise. Everything else is delivered to all editions. This is more than 6 months of development and only one feature which is limited. We did not say that all features will go in all editions because this does not make sense if you have different editions with different pricing. We said that "we won't beef up only the expensive SKUs" and I don't think we are doing that. Going forward, some features will be part of the more expensive editions but many new features will go in all editions so every license holder will get their subscriptions' value.
2. We do understand that your confidence in our ability to release on schedule has declined. All of you who have been long enough with Sitefinity know that we've missed previous releases by much more than a week or two. As unfortunate as that is, we've gone from delays in (many)months to delays in weeks which is significant progress(though we still have a lot of work to keep up with your expectations). Our planning and development process is evolving quickly and after 1-2 releases we won't be missing the release target any more. I understand that these words probably hold little value right now as you've heard more than enough promises that we couldn't back up with actions. Challenges with hitting the release target are not something unusual in the software industry and this has happened in other product teams at Telerik before and now all of them release on schedule every time. Like i said - you've heard enough promises from us so consider this a statement of our ongoing commitment to improve.
We do feel that we need to make it up to our customers for the lower-than-expected product quality of the Sitefinity 4 release. Many of you are developers yourselves so you know that similar challenges are to be expected with any initial release, though i know it does not make the pain go away. I'd like to use this opportunity to announce something that we've been thinking about but is yet to be officially announced:
We will extend the subscriptions of all licenses and upgrades purchased between the Sitefinity RC release(November 18, 2010) and the recent 4.1 release on April 19. The subscriptions of all licenses and upgrades purchased during that time will be set to start on April 19. We do realize that the quality and feature set of the official Sitefinity 4 release was below what was expected so we are extending your subscriptions to start with the 4.1 release which is more stable and has more features.
As a special courtesy to all early adopters of Sitefinity 4, we will provide a complimentary e-commerce module add-on(worth $1999) to all Sitefinity Standard Edition(Professional and Enterprise will get it by default) holders who purchased their licenses between November 18, 2010 and April 19, 2011. This upgrade will affect the subscription renewal costs so it will be optional and on demand.
As soon as we are ready to implement this in our system, we'll make an official announcement and all eligible license holders will receive a personal email from us with these options.