Drooling Over Leopard Server

Much virtual ink has been spilled over the revelations concerning Apple’s next operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), with Windows fanboys complaining that Apple is shamelessly copying the Big M and Apple partisans returning fire. All of these discussions seem to be focusing on the desktop end of Leopard, which is all well and good, I suppose. However, what has me far more excited are the details released concerning Leopard Server.
It looks as if Apple is targeting the small office in new and exciting ways in Leopard Server. All of the announced features, including the integrated wiki server, centralized Spotlight desktop search capabilities, podcast production facilities and, best of all, iCal server point to Apple enabling businesses’ employees to collaborate effectively. I’m particularly psyched about the iCal Server, as it’s apparently a full-up WebDAV/CalDAV implementation which means that we could finally dump our old-n’-busted calendaring “solution” for one with true multi-platform capabilities.
I can’t wait for Spring ’07…