Sharepoint started to be a very useful tool to provide shared information and content as well as a collaborative platform. But with the evolution of the products (SPS and WSS) we reach the new 2007 Office Sharepoint Server that besides the natural evolution of the platform has a greater integration with other applications and platforms.
The integration of the new version of CMS in the WSS architecture is one of the issues that takes me think that the future of this product is very bright, imagine an integrated Intranet / Extranet / Internet solution all in one product . . . Ok! We still have to see how this will be managed Licenses wise, but from the technical point of view, the possibility to provide quicker, safest, broader and potential cheaper (we still have to see this one) solutions it is just great.
The 2007 Sharepoint Server show is just now starting, but the new features revealed already make a great impact on the development community specially on Portal development.
Microsoft has made a serious bet on the development of 2007 Office Sharepoint Server, we can only wait and hope to try it as soon as possible . . .