Because Microsoft has elevated document management to a central position within the product and made the feature so accessible, SharePoint Portal Server becomes even more valuable. It provides most of the document management functions a company will likely require.
To open a category folder from Windows Explorer, we simply right-clicked on a document to check it out for editing. When we checked in the document, a form enabled us to easily add comments about the new version, supply keywords, and create an approval workflow. After approval, the document was immediately available to others.
Foremost, SharePoint Portal Server will appeal to organizations standardized on Microsoft desktop and server products because it offers a fast ROI without additional infrastructure or resources. Yet this package's relatively low cost, multiplatform client support, compatibility with Unix and Mac OSes through a browser-only interface, and capability to search non-Microsoft databases should also make it a solid contender in shops running competitive desktop and server systems.