Maya one is not great one, still, according to what users say about it.
You have to start somewhere and the HQ isn't unusable. It might not be 100% the best HQ view port out there but it is functional with plenty of room to be improved. If they didn't spend any resources on it at all, it would never happen.
Yeah, I definitely agree on this. This is like first step and you can not expect it to work flawlessly. On other hand I would like it more to be more like AdvancedOpenGL mode in Modo, without beautiful reflections, glossiness, DoF and all other 3dsMax crap, we have render for that. Just bump,displacement, shadows, procedural textures preview and maybe AO would be fine for me.
However good, solid base is here, that is important.
1. Yeah this seems like reasonable request
2. Can live without it, but also would not mind to have one.
3. UV tools definitly need more love.
8. Forget .3ds better to invest time into fixing obj or adding dwg now when you are under AD