A reply to a twitter post on wiki's prompted me to put down some thoughts around the MOSS 2007 Wiki functionality.

We’ve known for a while now that Microsoft's portal platform was slow in catching up with the rest of the world when it came to online collaboration and social networking. SharePoint 2003 is still being used to this day by a large number of corporations. However, a significant portion of these companies have invested considerable amount of time and effort to build the functionalities that were missing for them to use the portal effectively within their organization.

Realizing the need for a new revised platform Microsoft launched MOSS 2007.  This product has made huge leaps ahead with incorporating social networking features like RSS, Wiki’s and Blogs as part of its basic setup. Sticking to the simplicity that we’ve come to expect from Microsoft products a person with zero technical knowledge can make use of these features. Though there will be a slight learning curve for new comers as corporate users are just learning how to use a wiki and how it can be leveraged to generate information.

Creating a wiki in this platform is a pretty simple process, its like creating a document library , and once you’ve set it up the process of building on it is pretty straightforward. It even incorporates a full set of rich text tools and buttons that we have gotten used to on Word. They’ve even provided a provision to track the history of every wiki page, a basic functionality that we've come to expect from any wiki tool, but still.