Microsoft has announced pre-registration for a collaborative workspace where anyone can share documents, upload directly from office applications, and synchronise calendars and task lists. Peter has some coverage of this, also here, and the product page is here.
For small businesses and even some enterprise collaboration activities this tool will be adopted by information workers. It would appear to be based on either Windows SharePoint Services or Office SharePoint Server and the FAQ’s state that users can control access to a document level.
This is a move in the right direction from Microsoft to fill the gap between no collaboration and the for free/for fee office live small business and office online offerings. It will also be interesting to hear and read about user reaction in the blogs when the service is more widely available.