Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X v10.5 Server, which is due out in October, will feature new collaborative tools like wikis, podcasts and file-sharing, Apple has revealed.

The Leopard client version of the so-called "Leopard" Server operating system took centre stage during Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) but server details also came out.

Leopard Server will include a wiki server, Podcast Producer, Spotlight Server and iCal Server. The new server OS can also configure clients, with settings for file sharing, Mail, iChat, iChat, Address Book and Virtual Private Networking (VPN). A new set-up interface features a built-in "Network Health Check," and a new Server Preferences application and server status Dashboard widget are also included.

The wiki server enables Leopard Server administrators to create and edit collaborative web pages, colloquially known as "wikis." The wiki server maintains a complete history in case you need to restore, merge or compare different versions of entries.

Podcast Producer helps to simplify the creation of podcasts, and can be configured to accept uploads automatically, and then distribute it out to a blog, iTunes, or other media using QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS).

iCal Server uses the CalDAV standard, and supports integration with iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla's Sunbird and OSAF's Chandler. And Apple Directory lets users search for each other, view contact information, see pictures, find colleagues and groups and even see a location map.

Spotlight Server is designed for work-groups with shared documents, projects and files. Indexing is done automatically so users can search for content on mounted network volumes. And core services, including Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfix, Cyrus, Podcast Producer and QTSS are all 64-bit, to take advantage of larger memory arrays.

Other new features include Server Admin 4, now with new file sharing and permission controls, iChat Server 2, offering secure instant messaging with services outside the corporate firewall, a new System Imaging Utility, Xgrid 2, developed for grid computing, and QuickTime Streaming Server 6 with support for 3GPP Release 6 bit rate adaptation.

In the US, Leopard Server will cost $499 for a 10-user licence or $999 for an unlimited-user licence.