I am not sure if Ebbe's surprising announcements at this meeting were a horrible misstep on his part or if he purposely went into this meeting to release this big news. Unless you are Ebbe or his senior management, everyone else can only guess and provide their theories as we all don't know. My guess is that corporate news like the announcement of a major new generation of a product/service does not often come out from a CEO in such an informal "ohh by the way..." manner. So my guess is that Ebbe let this news slip and did not intend to release this new - it just happened. Just my theory.
So HOLD ON !! What were these big surprises that Ebbe shocked the entire community with?
FIRST - the Biggie - Ebbe revealed that LL is actively working on a completely new SL2 virtual world platform that will be built from the ground up with all the latest in virtual world (VW) technologies, techniques, and I am also sure lessons learned from all the mistakes made during the long life of SL1. No concrete timelines were given as it is supposedly still in very early development but dates of 2016 are being thrown around.
SECOND - a followup shocker - Ebbe stated that the development of SL2 will NOT have "backward compatibility" to SL1 a development priority. The explained reason was that they did not want to hold back the full modern day capabilities of SL2 by being forced to be compatible with older limiting inferior technologies and content of and within SL1.
THIRD - development of SL2 would not be Open Source. It would be a close source code. This would mean that there would not be spawned competing clones of SL2 as there is with the current SL1 where open source is available.
Not surprisingly, this news right out of Ebbe's lips of a new SL2 being developed by LL spread faster than wildfire throughout the SL blogging community and into the SL forums and social networks. Also, not surprising AT ALL has been the massive and growing volume of interpretations, speculations, excitement and fears generated from the extremely little that was stated by Ebbe and also Oz regarding SL2 at this meeting.