A while back I griped about the lack of team sites that meet actual scenarios; today I'm pleased to report that Microsoft just released a pile of great sites that fit the bill nicely. It sets a great precedent and demonstrates what's possible, and I hope to see more collections like it sprout online.
Downloads available from SharePoint Applications site:
Also included is a decent end-user walkthrough of SharePoint features.
[Updated: Yay Bil! Bil Simser has installed the applications to a public server so you can see how they look and what the heck they do!]
While we're on the subject of end-users, APress just released another good SharePoint book, this time it's one for "everyone else." It's the SharePoint 2003 User's Guide, and it's a terrific companion to internal training. Judging by the early feedback on Amazon, it strikes a sweet spot for people who don't like the online documentation or the scattered Training Kit, can't get IT to answer questions without further confusing matters, and don't need to learn about deployment or architecture. You can read a detailed description on the APress site.