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st: RE: Stata 9 announcement

From   "Steichen, Thomas J." <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Stata 9 announcement
Date   Tue, 5 Apr 2005 09:58:12 -0400

Bill Gould (StataCorp) writes (in part):
> We have a tradition of telling Statalist members about new 
> releases of Stata before anyone else, so here it is:
> I am pleased to be the one to announce the release of Stata 9.
> Stata 9 begins shipping on April 27th.

It is with some curiosity that I note that previous such announcements 
have led to an immediate and wide-ranging discussion on Statalist, 
yet this message was met with thunderous silence.  My question is why?

  . Perhaps the time interval between Stata 8 and Stata 9 was too short?

  . Perhaps we have yet to absorb all the new features in 8 and now we 
    are faced with 9?

  . Perhaps what 9 offers is not of interest?

  . Or is it the complexity of the new offerings that stagger us into

  . Or the cost of the upgrade?

Regardless, I'm amazed that Bill's announcement has, so far, led to only 
one comment on this list. I know I will be upgrading because some (though 
not all) of the new offerings are of interest to me and I don't mind 
supporting a company that does such a good job of supporting its users.

But I will also note that all of the above bullets are part and parcel of
My reaction to Stata 9's announcement.  

So where do you stand?

Tom Steichen

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