Jeff Faller sent me the following link to a post on a website I otherwise would never have visited, as it's focused on D&D IV, a game I don't play. The post is written by a beta tester of WotC's upcoming D&D Virtual Table, which is apparently -- more knowledgeable folks than I can chime in here -- a tool for running online games. Now, I personally have zero interest in such a tool, as I have a gaming group with which I'm happy, but I understand that not everyone is so fortunate. For them, something like this might well be a boon.
Anyway, what's intriguing about the linked post is that, about 0:30 into the first video, the presenter notes that the Virtual Table seems to include options for D&D rulesets other than Fourth Edition, including First Edition AD&D. Exactly what this means, if anything, is uncertain, since the presenter didn't attempt to use a ruleset other than 4e in his test of the software. My gut tells me that it's not going to amount to much, but I'm notoriously cynical and pessimistic. On the other hand, given the way WotC has lately been playing the nostalgia card in their advertising, I suppose there's a slim chance they're serious about trying to support older editions of Dungeons & Dragons.
Time will tell. I have no use for a Virtual Table myself, regardless of what rulesets it supports. However, if WotC really does make it meaningfully useful to players of, say, AD&D or OD&D, I'll be pleasantly surprised.