Check this out:
At first I thought WOTC was joking but they are not. 3.5 is re-released!
I interpret this as an almost complete abandonment of 4E. (Personal opinion - not fact.) I have to think that D&D Encounters, a seemingly very popular program, might switch to 3.5 in the next season or two? I mean – if fans would prefer 3.5E, I have to think WOTC would give them what they want??
Side note – I really like D&D Encounters and I’ll play 4E or 3.5E. Both work fine for me.