OneNote 2007 sharing is indistinguishable from magic

One of the features I just *love* about OneNote 2007 is the “shared notebook” feature.   You can create a notebook that co-workers, friends, etc can also edit at the same time.  OneNote was already an amazing app, but this makes it all that much better.

Notice the SharePoint parts I circled in the wizard above?  That’s because the UNC path approach to a shared notebook is drop-dead easy inside your corporate firewall, but it’s not as simple when you’re trying to share a notebook with others outside the firewall, like vendors, contractors, off-site employees, etc.

This is one of the times when including SharePoint in the box with TFS gets us a cool scenario “for free” (mmm synergistic love).  You can use your SharePoint site for your team project, create a shared notebook on it, and whoever can access your TFS / WSS can now work with your new shared notebook!  We have lots of customers that expose TFS out on the internet (through an ISA reverse proxy, or putting TFS into a DMZ, or even just sticking it out on a machine with a public IP), and now you can send these onenote:// links to your friends/coworkers/etc (just right-click on the notebook, or a section, or a page while you’re working with it to select such a hyperlink). 

On a related note, configuring TFS to work for both internal and external clients in 1.0 wasn’t an easy thing to do, and we’re working on making that better in future versions.

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  1. GertD on To Synchronize Or To Refresh? James Manning on OneNote 2007 sharing is indistinguishable…

  2. Thanks again to Mike for this great list! Also thanks to everyone else for writing about OneNote, we