It would not be unreasonable to presume that other cut or scaled back features may reappear further down the line. In the meantime, however, Microsoft seems eager to earn back some of its goodwill with customers.
"We took some feedback and realized there was some stuff we needed to add to the program. To add it to the program, we had to make room, just from a pure engineering perspective, to be able to get that work done. So taking Family Sharing out of the launch window was not about 'we're going to take our toys and go home' or something like that. It was just sort of the logistics of 'how do we get this very, very clear request that people really want, that choice, and how do we make sure we can do an excellent job of that, get to launch, and then be able to build.'"
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