Tonight we saw the release of the July CTP (odd name for something released late July 31st, but that's another story) of Katmai. With it comes the following blurb, deep in the fifth section of the readme file:
"SQL Server Notification Services will not be included as a component of SQL Server 2008, but will continue to be supported as part of the SQL Server 2005 product support life-cycle. Moving forward, support for key notification scenarios will be incorporated into SQL Server Reporting Services. Existing Reporting Services functionality, such as data driven subscriptions, addresses some of the notification requirements. Features to support additional notification scenarios may be expected in future releases."
What strikes most of us as being, well, odd to say the least, is that there has been no formal announcement of this, nor is one planned.