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Microsoft's Office Team Steps Onto iOS With 'OneNote'

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While Microsoft has released a small handful of apps for iOS devices, mostly notably with Bing and Windows Live Messenger, the company's Office team has been slow to bring iOS offerings to the App Store. Microsoft had indicated soon after the iPad's introduction that it was "looking at" the possibility of bringing a version of Office to the iPad, but clarified a few months later that it had "no current plans" to develop such offerings.




But Microsoft's Office team has now taken its first baby steps onto the App Store with its announcement that it has launched a version of OneNote [App Store] for iOS.
In case you haven't experienced the unsung hero of Office, OneNote is a digital notebook that lets you put everything you need to remember in one electronic place and then easily find it wherever you are. I use it every day. Think of it as a digital file cabinet for all the random bits of information that are too hard to keep track of in your head. According to comScore, 78 million PCs in the U.S. have OneNote - more than a third of all the PCs in the country.

OneNote Mobile for the iPhone lets you capture and review notes and lists on your phone. Notes are automatically backed up and synced with free Windows Live SkyDrive online storage, so that you can access them from virtually anywhere - your PC, phone, and browser. Collecting thoughts and ideas on the go is what OneNote was made for.
Microsoft has worked hard to extend availability of OneNote functionality, offering it in its Office suite for Windows as well as as a desktop web app and for mobile devices running Windows Phone 7 and now iOS. OneNote for iOS is currently free for a "limited time", and it is unclear what the regular price will be and when it will go into effect.

Article Link: Microsoft's Office Team Steps Onto iOS With 'OneNote'
 

plathunter

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Make mental note to download onenote when available so I don't have to make mental notes.
 
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Glenny2lappies

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Good to see Microsoft moving towards offering non-parocial software, e.g. not just for their platforms. Regardless of what one thinks of Microsoft, this has to be a good thing and supports heterogeneous environments.

It also brings variety to the Mac platform.

(Edit: currently only available in the US App Store - can't get this outside of the 'States)
 
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NightFox

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OneNote is long overdue on the Mac, was really disappointed when it wasn't part of Office 2011. Great to see it on iOS - if they've implemented this well then this could be a killer app for the iPad for students.
 
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grant6923

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I wonder if they will release OneNote for Mac ... Hope it will make it to the App Store!

Has anyone heard anything about this?
 
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Trik

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How is onenote Different from Evernote?

I use Evernote for this functionality, has anyone any reason to use Onenote over the free to use Evernote? Which includes versions for Mac, PC, & iOS?

Just curious.
 
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elppa

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Does this mean there are now Cocoa versions of Outlook and OneNote*.

My, my, things have changed.

* I imagine this is a companion to the desktop software, rather than a feature for feature port. Still, it opens up the possibility in the future. I do feel a bit sorry for the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft. This is a big vote of no confidence in their platform from the Office team. And I do believe that kind of politics goes on, because the Office team refused to make a tablet version in the past because the didn't believe in the form factor. Could you imagine someone from the iWork team refusing to port to iPad because they didn't believe in the form factor!?
 
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mondesi43

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I use Evernote for this functionality, has anyone any reason to use Onenote over the free to use Evernote? Which includes versions for Mac, PC, & iOS?

Just curious.

OneNote is also free........
 
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tbobmccoy

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OneNote I must admit is an awesome product. I purchased it with my convertible laptop back in 2003 and used it during college constantly. I loved the tool and am very excited to see it on iOS.
 
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Incindium

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Also it requires iOS v4.2... I need to get around to updating my phone so I can check this out.
 
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Mattie Num Nums

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OneNote is long overdue on the Mac, was really disappointed when it wasn't part of Office 2011. Great to see it on iOS - if they've implemented this well then this could be a killer app for the iPad for students.

I was told back last March about One-Note coming out from someone from MS Dev Team. One of the things they said was that it was going to be very Mac Centric. I guess thats why they spent more time on it than Office 2011. iOS and Onenote make a lot of sense to me.
 
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