The paper will give an overview of how future multimedia information systems could look like and how they could be produced and maintained. Those systems will no longer make a difference between the handling of traditional data and video or audio. Instead they will focus on conveniently providing a requested information content together with the appropriate presentation - no matter whether it is text, graphics, video or audio. These features however do not come for free. Instead a number of challenges has to be faced. The paper will discuss those challenges and present an evolutionary approach with a number of measures and strategies to overcome them.