I love seeing senior managers making contributions to blogs: it's rare that they can sustain on of their own. Larry Orecklin the General Manager responsible for System Center and Virtualization has a post on Virtualization team blog which is worth reading. He sets out the key beliefs that anchor  our Virtualization strategy, gives some interesting statistics, and some links. The newsworthy part is

We’re expecting the RTM of our Virtual Machine Manager at the end of the month. And that’s just the beginning; you will see additional product news from us as the quarter progresses.

What's the additional news ? That's anybody's guess. I know that a people attending the Tech-Ready event in Seattle at the end of July told the product team customers were really keen to get access to WSV; that's my experience too. Might they be looking to start the public beta earlier than originally planned ? Of all the possibilities that it could be, that's the one I'd most like it to be - but I've got no hard evidence to suggest that's what it will be.