I appreciate your passion, but things did not end on the best terms which is part of the reason I decided I want to move onto other things, so I'm less concerned about the project. I'm confident I'll find other uses for my work in the future.
I'd rather not get into whether the emulator will be dead or not, it really didn't cross my mind, there may still be some activity, but looking at the past few years you should draw your own conclusions from that and not focus so much on me.
As far as the future and things like Windows 9, I do not share the same concerns. Microsoft puts a lot of effort into compatibility, and I would probably try to fix anything serious that came up since I use my own emulators. I am bit worried about something coming up with the application, there's risk there as well.
I think my plugins are competitive in quality, the patch addresses quite a few key issues that have been tied up in beta for years. There will always be more to do, and other software that gets a few extra things, I try to look at the big picture more than the details I guess. The community efforts around other plugins and emulators have yielded some great results and new features, so if someone were looking for ways to get involved there is certainly no shortage of opportunities.