It's amazing how time flies.
I'm not the biggest fan of D&D Next, but if it wasn't for the Friends & Family playtest for Next, I wouldn't have the G+ group of friends that I game with weekly. Alright, to be honest, only 4 of our current group of 7 got started with the Next playtest, but the group wouldn't have formed if it wasn't for that playtest.
Heck, that was my first experience with gaming over G+ Hangouts, so it's probably accurate to say that D&D Next brought me back to active gaming.
So, for a game that isn't right for me, it did a lot of things right by me.
Go figure ;)