Yep, its official! Announced at TechEd Barcelona Monday (November 3), with a public beta available towards the end of November. R2 includes the Cross Platform extensions (X-Plat, see http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/27600 and http://ops-mgr.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!3D3B8489FCAA9B51!857.entry) plus a number of other anticipated enhancements. We expect to see enhanced service level monitoring reports and dashboards, User Interface improvements including a new version of the Operations Management Pack Authoring console, and core product enhancements.
R2 Content for OpsMgr 2007 Unleashed!
The authors of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed are planning an update to encompass the new functionality available with OpsMgr 2007 R2, and we will be participating in the beta test cycle as we develop content for the new edition.