Some of the rumors we have been hearing for past few months have finally been confirmed by official folks such as Fitz. Watching a product that I have invested so much time and energy into for the past few years mature like this really makes me feel good. Mike reports the following awesome enhancements in his blog today:
Everything about sites, lists, libraries, etc., can be syndicated via RSS automatically.
Blogs and Wikis.
Templates and features in the box.
These arent just like SPS 2001s document profiles. They define sets of metadata, but they also contain view information. And associated workflows. And events bound to them (synchronous or asynchronous). And you can have more than one in the same list/library.
Windows Workflow Foundation is embedded in WSS. Its used everywhere.
We did it. Its scoped to a site and captures deleted documents, items, etc. It has a user restore and an administrative restore.
Even on list items
Improved Frontpage Usage.
FrontPage has evolved into a feature set that makes it truly a SharePoint site designer. (Ghostings still around, but it wont be a problem anymore.
Forms services in Office 12 servers.
Thats right design a form in the InfoPath rich client, publish it as a SharePoint site, and it can be either viewed/filled out in the full smart client or in a browser as HTML.
Search. Better APIs. Better results. Alternate search suggestions (misspelled words,etc.). A highly customizable default Web-based UI.
Office 12 Servers.
Office 12 servers will also contain a Business Data Catalog, a facility that registers LOB application data and Web services. Once thats happened, BDC-aware Web Parts can pull data from them, we can index them, and a lot more. Office 12 servers will also be able to take a spreadsheet published to a SharePoint site and reneer it as an HTML application.
Mobile views of SharePoint lists.
Thats right, a way to render a list on a mobile device.