Microsoft OneNote

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a

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    I am not in school anymore so I am looking for a way to use MS OneNote. Anyone have it and what do you use it for? Seems pretty fancy software to sit on the sidelines.
     
  2. techwarrior macrumors 6502a

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    I work in a computer lab, my main work area is separate from the racks where the servers sit.

    I often need to perform console tasks which cannot be performed remotely, and OneNote is a great way to document my steps, scripts, or other helpful hints. i gather the info, document in OneNote, then go into the server room with my iPhone or iPad and have access to the notes.

    Organizing stuff in OneNote by Section and Page makes it easy to find stuff. And the instant sync to all devices makes it quite useful. Apple Notes is similarly useful for the same reasons but I started using OneNote before Apple updated Notes.
     
  3. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a

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    OneNote is one of the best packages for keeping track of notes in an organized way. I use it both professionally and personally. Surprised you didn't use it for school as it's perfect for keeping class notes organized.

    You can have several different notebooks. I choose to use two. One personal, one for work. Keep things organized by Section Groups, Sections and pages. For work, my Section Groups are something like Meetings, Projects and Vendors. Sections cover types of meetings, projects and companies. Then the pages are for subcategories like individuals or groups, contacts, parts of projects, etc. So they look something like this:

    Meetings
    Individuals
    Dale
    My topics
    Discussions​
    Tina
    My Topics
    Discussions​
    Change Management
    Date of meeting
    Administration​

    Vendors
    Acme
    Contacts
    Billing
    Issues​

    Projects
    Acquisitions
    Company A
    Details
    Meetings​
    Email Migration
    Team Members
    Meetings
    Current Setup
    Future Setup​


    Makes it really easy to find things. If you can handwrite on your screen, it will recognize your writing and either convert it to text or search on it. My advice to you is use it, learn it, get good at it.
     
  4. sartrekid macrumors 6502

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    Just out of curiosity (I have not used the app), but what would you say makes the MS app more convenient than the standard Apple Note app? The dir structure can be had with Note as well (I have it that way to store my different topics and sub topics via folder hierarchy) and it works as expected. Are there some extra features in MS OneNote that make you prefer/recommend it over other apps?
     
  5. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    OneNote (2016, the current Mac version) has been a decent app for note taking, however, since MS announced earlier this year that they won't be continuing to develop the app and start deprecating features that utilize sharing links starting next month, I'm looking for a replacement. I use the Windows and iOS ON app. I'm also on the "fast ring" for Mac Office updates - MS stopped pushing ON updates about a month ago whil. MS has offered that they'll be "supporting" ON 2016, but there will never be a desktop-based ON 2019 or beyond.

    You'll likely need an Outlook.com account and its associated OneDrive, then DL OneNote from the MAS. MS has indicated they'll support the 2016 version until 2022, but no new features will be added (see the link below for more from MS on this and lots of griping in the hundreds of comments, interspersed by an MS moderator).

    The "new" Win10-only (for now) OneNote pretty much sucks, is IMO about 20% of the 2016 version, and is cloud-based - the latter kills it for me with my small business for compliance reasons. MS has indicated it's moved to a common code base for its common Office apps (including iOS/Android) - I'm assuming that OneNote will follow suit later this year. I'm looking for a replacement...

    The best version of OneNote on Windows
     
  6. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    MS is discontinuing OneNote for Mac? I find that hard to believe. Are you sure of this?
     
  7. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a

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    There are a LOT more features available in OneNote than the standard Apple Note app. Looks like I'll have to get with my Microsoft rep and inquire about the depreciation of OneNote.
     
  8. techwarrior macrumors 6502a

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    His link bears this out. The statements in the link do suggest an alternative is eventually going to come.

    This is a typical MS MO. They do it with back office servers too. Put something out there, then remove it and try to get you to adopt their new preferred solution, only to have that be pulled. They like to dabble in cross platform stuff, but tend to view it as a way to pull folks in to their other products. They have one this with every release of LCS\OCS\Lync telephony integration with 3rd Party PBX.

    I suspect ON users will be OK, by the time support is pulled they should have something else.
     
  9. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In that case I guess its a good idea that the majority of my notes are stored in Apple Notes. I was looking for a reason to use OneNote as it seems more powerful but I will have to scratch that plan and will continue to use Apple Notes.
     
  10. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    OneNote is a collaboration powerhouse. If you just want to take notes and keep grocery lists, OneNote is Overkill.

    I'm a huge fan of OneNote for education, and will be doing a presentation on it in a few weeks. "District-wide Collaboration Using Microsoft OneNote."
     
  11. techwarrior macrumors 6502a

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    If it offers something useful now, go ahead and use it. They will support its present form for a while. I would assume a migration path and Mac replacement before all features are removed.

    Apple Notes is pretty decent in the latest form. But given the uncertainty of ON, if you have a lot of notes to migrate, ya stick to Apple until something else comes along.
     
  12. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But the Mac version will be discontinued soon.
     
  13. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    I didn't write "MS is discontinuing OneNote for Mac" or even alluded to it. MS is discontinuing support of the desktop app for both Windows and macOS, and they've already discontinued development of both desktop apps (currently called Microsoft OneNote, generally associated with Office 2016 apps). And, I already offered backup - read that linked-to web blog post, it's from a member of the MS OneNote dev team, not some prognostication from some guy located some where. The desktop app's replacement has already been deployed, a bit over a month now, on Win10.

    I'm a business owner, I get TechNet updates, I read the updates and that MS post. Don't believe me, believe MS - read that blog post. I've tried the new application, and it blows green, hairy chunks when compared to the current app. I've been informed that some of the current desktop app's background sharing functionality will be turned off on June 18 2018, and there's plenty of griping in that blog post's comment section about that very point. Both of my attorneys use OneNote for Business, and they're not happy about the changes either - and we've got less than a month to find a sharing workaround. Don't bug me about this as MS's position is linked-to above - sign on and post your opinion there.
     
  14. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    They are pushing Office 365. There are already features that you can only access from 365. So you'll always be able to use it.
     
  15. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It was hard to find but I bought Office 2016 to avoid the subscription based service.
     
  16. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    No, not true. FUD. OneNote has been independent of O365 to this point. The development of the desktop version of this app is over, dead, done with, baked - stick a fork in it, it's done. Prove me wrong? Stuff like this have been posted pretty much everywhere for over a month now. My personal use of OneNote is exactly the same as my work copy tied to O365, no difference whatsoever.

    I'm pretty much done with this thread, Office 2016 is available at Staples, Amazon, Best Buy, MS and Apple Stores - and Office 2019 will be available in about 3 months with no upgrade path from Office 2016. Neither suite includes OneNote. Office 2019 is already in beta for business customers - I know, I'm one of them... Over, and out...
     
  17. loby macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know why they decided to quit with OneNote? I am assuming this is also the Mac version. It was a big deal when they created it for the Mac and now its dead? Why?
     
  18. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    I think some are confused with what MS is doing here. MS is NOT killing OneNote (for Windows or Mac). They're just no longer making it available as a stand-alone desktop product. In other words, the only way to get/use it will be with Windows 10 or an Office 365 subscription with Office 2019 when it's released. Don't confuse the OneNote app with the OneNote service.
     
  19. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Okay - @campyguy has really started a mess here. OneNote is NOT going away. If you use the Windows OS, it will continue, though as a re-written program like what happens from time to time. See what Microsoft says about OneNote.

    https://support.office.com/en-us/ar...c09-b07f-46181958118f?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US


    AND - MOST IMPORTANTLY for Apple Product users of OneNote for Mac:

    https://support.office.com/en-us/ar...-6582c7ae-2ec6-408d-8b7a-3ed71a3c2103#bkmk_01

    What does this mean for OneNote for Mac?
    This change only applies to Windows, where we have both OneNote 2016 and OneNote for Windows 10. Other versions of OneNote, including OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPhone and iPad, OneNote for Android, and OneNote Online are unchanged. All of these versions will continue to receive updates every month with new features and improvements.

    Hope this clarifies it for everyone here. @campyguy - next time, please get all the facts before getting everyone in an uproar.
     
  20. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Try creating a staff notebook without 365.
     

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