Here’s an interesting article from Fortune magazine – “How I Work: Bill Gates” – in which Bill describes his use of SharePoint (emphasis mine):
“…Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people. I deal with this by using SharePoint, a tool that creates websites for collaboration on specific projects. These sites contain plans, schedules, discussion boards, and other information, and they can be created by just about anyone in the company with a couple of clicks. (…) SharePoint puts me in touch with lots of people deep in the organization. It's like having a super-website that lets many people edit and discuss — far more than the standard practice of sending e-mails with enclosures. And it notifies you if anything comes up in an area you're interested in.”
When Bill says, “SharePoint,” he’s really talking about Windows SharePoint Services V2, on which over 100,000 team sites have been created at Microsoft. Another recent quote from Bill that I love is, “SharePoint will be for the server what [the] Office [suite] has been for the desktop.” Namely, SharePoint will be the premier productivity application on the server. For many people, including me, it already has. I don’t even remember the last time I created a fileshare (which would have been at least 2 years ago), and I manage practically every project that I’m currently working on with a SharePoint site.
Amen, Bill. At my former employer, I used SharePoint extensively. Unfortunately, few of my office mates shared my enthusiasm. So I had SharePoint for one, but it still totally rocked. Now I write books about SharePoint. I can't wait to get my hands on the next Office beta.