The question is a summary of some the feedback we've heard regarding
XLinq LINQ to XML. Mike explains some of the rationale with some technical historical context (XMLReader / XMLWriter, DOM, XQuery and XSLT) on where we today and where we are trying to get to.
M.David Peterson then responded to Mike's post (on O'Reilly's XML.com). I really love this:
"The folks behind the future direction of XML at Microsoft get it."
Look out for lots more dialogue ahead in the coming year with XML community.