Yesterday we reported that MSN Keywords is coming next week, but we were wrong. Gary Price posts an explanation that Microsoft will actually be making the announcement next week that MSN Keywords will be going beta in October.
Danny Sullivan yesterday met with MSN and has written a more in-depth report named More Details On New MSN Keywords Program. This report describes the October launch date to be a "holiday pilot," since it is before the holiday season.
What I find interesting is the lack of posts at the various SEO/SEM forums on this topic. We have a 6 replies at the Search Engine Watch Forums thread and then only three posts at a WebmasterWorld thread.