A small Scorpio FAQ, some Scorpio desktop wallpaper and a link to the Scorpio Pre-release program signup survey is available on Adobe Labs here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Scorpio
See you in the forums "on the inside"...
Image manipulation can be done in a thousand other ways with CF. ImageMagick being one of them. If it's good enough for Flickr, It's good enough for me. If it doesn't have some Photoshop magic up it's sleeve, I couldn't care less.
.Net integration? If I wanted .Net, I'd code in .Net.
Sign up for the pre-release program and let's chat more under NDA.