I bought FFXIV first day release. Played for the first 3 weeks and quit. I could not stand the lag: sluggish interaction with NPCs, tedious crafting menus, slow retainer management etc etc. I've just returned to Eorzea to start a brand new character on a brand new server. I've convinced a friend who had played on a different server to join me this time too! :)
I am very happy to report that the lag has drastically improved!! I really hope this sort of speedy UI and responsive latency continues to improve! Whatever you guys have done it has worked! I'm enjoying FFXIV much, much more. This may also be because for once I'm playing duo with a friend and we're having a blast in the Limsa Lominsa region!
I look forward to further UI improvements like drag & drop, easier macro settings, more solid/clearer battle UI, and multiple windows!
Keep up the great work! Can't wait for more great stuff!