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I recently wrote about the future of SharePoint (also here onnothingButSharePoint) and one of my main wishes was for something like Nintex to be built into SharePoint. Now its pretty clear this isn't going to happen any time soon (Microsoft would have to buy them, then incorporate the technology). Whilst I'd put money on this being in the Nintex business plan, it isn't going to happen for SharePoint 2013 (or whatever it ends up being called).
However it has been pointed out to me that some information is leaking out about new workflow features, possibly being made available to users in the next version of SharePoint Designer. Bjørn Furuknap has an interesting blog here, with a number of posts on possible SharePoint 2013 features here. He seems to think loops (something lots of people wantin SharePoint Designer) and state machines are on the cards. Obviously it is all (informed) speculation as this stage, but it makes interesting reading none the less.