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Real-time Collaboration in OneNote 2003

Microsoft overhauled OneNote 2003, adding real-time document sharing and SharePoint integration to its popular note-taking application.

The software giant released a preview version of OneNote 2003 SP1, adding a slew of tweaks that suggest the product will be marketed to corporate clients.

Microsoft Group Program Manager Chris Pratley, who announced the service pack on his Weblog, said his team worked with several corporate customers to revamp OneNote as a group collaboration tool.

"Shared folders, SharePoint integration, real-time sharing, etc. are all inspired by working with our 'rapid adopter' corporate customers," Pratley said. "Some of these [customers] were questioning the value of OneNote [for] their organizations at first, but now they are enthusiastically embracing it thanks to SP1."

With the addition of real-time note sharing and shared sessions, OneNote 2003 has evolved into a "very powerful" tool that can be used to speed up corporate meetings, Pratley said.

OneNote 2003, released alongside the Office 2003 productivity suite, allows users to capture, organize and reuse their notes electronically on laptops, desktops and Tablet PCs.

OneNote 2003 SP1 also offers real-time, peer-to-peer, multi-user sessions; the ability to share panes and folders with others; password-protection of sessions and tighter integration with Outlook to allow users to create contacts and appointments.

Additional new features include Video Recording and linked notes, as well as the ability to copy text, ink or voice from Pocket PCs or SmartPhones.