I'll get into this subject by way of a great OneNote experience I had today. All of us on the team are using shared notebooks quite a bit these days (Chris blogged about shared notebooks last week). It's an incredibly exciting time. Despite having designed the user experience and talked about the theory of sharing in OneNote for literally years now, you never completely know how a bit of software is going to feel until, finally, you sit down to do some work with it. With your mind on something else. And while I've been using shared notebooks for a while, today I had one of my first experiences where my mind was really on something else.
It started with a piece of mail in my inbox - number 24 or something as I powered through my morning messages. This piece of mail said "please review & send feedback by tomorrow" with a link - a type of mail I get quite often. I clicked on the link, and only dully noticed that it opened up a notebook in OneNote. I started reading, getting my brain into it, and finally started having useful thoughts. Instinctively I reached for an e-mail to send the comments… then sort of woke up and realized that I was looking at a shared notebook. Which I could edit directly. Or simply add comments to. So I started doing that, directly correcting some things and simply adding comments & questions in other places. And then I had that moment you normally have where you think "having reviewed this doc, I need to forward it back to the person who sent it to me, with comments. Let's see, save as, attach, etc…" And realized that I was already done. I could just move on to the next mail.
Few key points about this:
Hmm. Perhaps I'll end this post here, since haven't gotten to the topic yet, and try again.