Good news from Eli Zaretskii: Emacs 26 is almost ready. In the last paragraph of this message on the Emacs Development list, Zaretskii says,
Emacs 26 is nearing its release; the stream of serious bugs (or any bugs, actually) seems to have died out. So hopefully one more pretest, and we will be ready to go.
This is one more piece of evidence that Emacs is under active and continuing development and puts the lie to the, sadly, often heard claim that Emacs is moribund old technology that is dying. John, Eli, and the others are working hard to make sure the claim remains nonsense.