I understand people want their updates on "When is it going to be done?", "where are you at with [this]?" or "How much longer?" or whatever, but it always irks me to no end working as a programmer. It's like, just let me focus on the program and get it done. Every time I have to stop and answer these types of questions, it breaks my train of thought and I have to spend time getting back into the groove of where I was working on the code.
Perhaps management realized this and was just like "We're going to quit bugging you so you can just get it done as quickly as possible." since they've already let us know they are working on the issue.
Maybe, who knows. Just some random thoughts.
Just my 2 cents as a programmer.