Some people wonder which to use as their collaboration tool in #Office365.

#MicrosoftTeams is fantastic for collaboration. Chat is built-in, so you can text back and forth with a colleague privately or address your thoughts to the group. Key to collaboration is the co-authoring of documents. When co-authoring in Teams, you get a chat window right alongside the document, already populated with your co-authors. If a web-based meeting is in order, either two people in a 1 to 1 call or up to 20 group members at the same time, then these scenarios can happen as a planned meeting or as an ad hoc event for the impromptu occasion.

But #OneNote can also be used to collaborate, especially in very small groups. It’s possible to share and co-author an Office 365 document, such as a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file, but not within OneNote like you can within Teams. That said, co-authoring is possible throughout OneNote, but only on Pages that you’ve created there. Office 365 document sharing would have to be initiated via SharePoint, OneDrive (not OneNote!) or Teams, but the co-authoring would happen outside of OneNote.

How small can a Team be? I use Teams as a single user, but only to play around. As soon as another person arrives, then you’ve got yourself a Team. And the person in question doesn’t have to be a member of your organization – guest access is allowed. It might seem to be overkill for just two members of a Microsoft Team, but I challenge you to try it.

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