I know that it is a vaste question concerning thousands of DAW users but here I go!
Past - Present - Future ?
For me FUTURE is already the past autumn 2006. Why? Because things are going so FAST! To be honest I have been a little bit "out" for a while but know I am back.
These days I am thinking about "new" DAW. I am saying "new" because nowadays I am quite not sure if it´s good to swich to a Intel Duo Core/Vista (and wich Vista?) or go to a very good and cheaper Pentium D 3GHz with a good Asus proved board and XP. This dilemma is essentially due to the fact that I am (surely not the only one) a little bit confused with too much possiblities.
What for a "new" DAW?
In my case it is for triggering K2 by midi for having access to a lot of samples (piano, Orch, etc...) not overloading the primary DAW (old one but funtionning good with SX3)
I invite both, persons that are "a little bit confused" and persons that have a more clear idea of how is the scenario.
I think that technology of computer is ridding to fast somewhat!