So, I just came back from the local launch event for SolidWorks 2013, and I was the only person who seemed genuinely excited about the introduction of the true Conic sketch entity. Rumor has it "big shot" Austin O'Malley kept blocking Conics year and after year... is this why? If so I can see why. People were more.. confused rather than anything else!
However I just wish to say that to those of us who really care about Conics and its uses, it has not gone in vain and it has not been received lukewarm. I just hope the interest level is substantial enough to warrent further development of Conics. Three things come to mind: g2 end conditions, conics with boundary surface and conics in fillet.