Best way to take shareable meeting minutes
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Google Docs is a fantastic tool for meeting notes, because the collaboration features are second-to-none: in the meeting itself you can have multiple people adding notes and it Just Works. Provided everyone has a google account the sharing features for both during and afterwards are clear and easy.
It has a great iPad/iPhone/etc app as well—the iPad variant may fit the bill for discrete in-room note taking—in my world (tech industry) people tend to just use a laptop. We often have laptops-discouraged meetings but an exception is made for the people taking the notes.