The best thing is to not give out ambiguous news.
ARE you saying plain and simple that by dropping the SAP, we are to expect a much better product development? If so, it might be worth mentioning that at the start, because otherwise, all some of us will feel is. Now AD cant even be arsed to give us the advantage pack.
the fact that it takes away from the focus of the main release is specifically the reason why the SAP is dropped. The team that aren't huge end up cutting on the main release to make them, even if they don't plan to at the start.
btw I've seen someone joke about the 'egg spline' feature added to Max... Are you using the "Annotation Object" in 2012 SAP? Doubtful, yet someone spent a few weeks on that. The new APIs in SDK people will not use at all until next major release as well. I'm proud of the add smooth edge modeling tool I've pushed to add in 2012 SAP, however. The Thickness ICE compound came with performance problems that were only solved in 2013. Also you can't change file compatibility in SAP, so you have limited ability to fix any problem you run into.
that doesn't stop anything down the line from buying a plug-in and make that installer downloadable from the subscription center. You don't need a new build and a new beta for that... But doing a mid year release with mini-feature like we used to, I think that's the source of problems we have been having and I think contribute the perception of slow pace of development, because it looks like we're small stuff that rarely satisfy everyone just 'cuz it's august.