"Just what is the point of having a nice operating system if there are no majors advances in existing software or even new software to run on it?"
I agree with that sentiment. I feel there's some cause for optimism though: RComp have been doing their bit recently, with significant updates to Messenger Pro, and the release of Hermes (new software). Fred Graute's efforts with StrongED are exciting too. And if you use Easi/TechWriter or ArtWorks 2, then there's likely to be something very interesting for you by the Wakefield Show.