The great Office Server smorgasbord, part 1: Office SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft's five new Office Servers give Office 2007 users a wealth of new features and capabilities. We examine how in this four-part series, starting with SharePoint 2007Follow @infoworld
My last concern is for larger companies, those for which Microsoft says it designed the product:,price. SharePoint is not cheap. With all that performance overhead, chances are you're going to need multiple servers: that's about five grand a pop, not counting hardware and Windows. Then the client licenses are cumulative. You'll need to buy a Standard CAL and then an Enterprise CAL on top if you're into the Enterprise feature set. That's a total of $169 per desk, not to mention that Office SharePoint Server is a little insistent on having Microsoft Office on those desktops, too, and not the Small Business Version. The capabilities and features you're getting with SharePoint can certainly make this investment useful, but your budget's going to feel it out of the gate.
Remember, SharePoint is a vast Las Vegas buffet of truly useful (and thus potentially dangerous) collaboration features. That's what makes it scary. But Microsoft has done a decent job of allowing administrators to limit access to these features, meaning you can roll them out when you're ready rather than causing feature chaos at the outset. So take advantage.