In the past year several new observations with important implications for massive star formation (MSF) have been obtained. Among these were the detection of UC HII region precursor candidates at 350µm and the discovery of many hard X-ray point sources in the Orion and W3 MSF regions. These observations are summarized below.
Hunter et al. (1998, 2000) imaged 25 MSF regions at 350µm to search for candidate precursors of UC HII regions (i.e. luminous submm/FIR emission, maser sources, and no HII emission). Of the 28 sources detected, 10 appear to be UC HII precursor candidates.