Microsoft has announced the release of OneNote for Mac and it’s now available as a free download on the Mac App Store. OneNote which enables users to take notes in form of text, pictures or stylus drawings into notebooks was first released by Microsoft 10 years ago.
Over the years Microsoft has released new apps for various platforms like Windows Mobile, Android, iOS and the web, but the Mac version was missing. But with this announcement, the Mac users can also start using this awesome software.
Microsoft also announced that it would be opening up key parts of OneNote API so that developers can use it to link with online cloud services.
David Rasmussen, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft said, “Today is a huge step forward for OneNote. We made it easier to use OneNote no matter what platform you’re on, and easier than ever to send anything into it.” in a blog post.
What Do Users Get With the New OneNote
Microsoft says that Apple users have long requested a Mac version for this application. There have been constant requests via Tweets, Forum posts direct mail and after a decade-long wait Microsoft has finally delivered the goods.
The most important thing to note is that OneNote is now free to use across all platforms. By using OneNote online, users can get a glimpse of the Office 365 suite, which costs $99/year. OneNote 2013 is completely ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because there is no trial period associated with it, unlike other Office applications.
OneNote also has a pro version that comes with premium features. The Office 365 and Office 2013 customers will get premium features like SharePoint support, Version history, Outlook integration and so on but all the primary OneNote features are available in this free version.
All the data that you store in your OneNote notebooks either on your PC or Mac is synced to OneDrive. This way you can access your notes from your phone or tablet as well. Your Microsoft account gives you 7 GB of free storage and there is no monthly upload limit so basically you can store a ton of stuff without worrying about exhausting your bandwidth.
Another good thing that this new version brings is a few goodies and integration with external apps and services. The end goal is to enable users to send anything from any application or device to OneNote.
Microsoft has released a OneNote clipper which lets you capture any web page in a single click. Anything you save using this extension is automatically stored in your OneNote quick notes. It’s available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Another cool feature addition is the Email to OneNote function. It gives users the ability to store notes in notebooks by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great way to forward receipts, travel itineraries or documents that you want to keep track of from your inbox.
To get set up just visit the email settings page and select the addresses from which you would like OneNote to accept emailed content.
Microsoft has also improved the working of their Office Lens App which allows users to take a picture of a document, visiting card or anything with text on it. The app then enhances the image and stores it to OneNote Quick Notes.
The main advantage of using this App is its ability to enable OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in the image which will recognize the text in the scans when you search your OneNote notebooks.
The only limitation is that this app is currently only available on the Windows Mobile platform..
Check them all out at www.onenote.com/apps
OneNote has always been an underdog in the world of note-taking apps. It has great potential, but with Microsoft’s primary focus being on the other Office Suite applications, OneNote didn’t get the exposure it deserved. This app going free is great news as OneNote is a very useful software once you get the hang of it. Now that it is available across all platforms it will have a good chance of increasing its footprint.
We will soon write our views about the Mac version of OneNote and share if it’s up to the mark. Till that time, check out the online version here or if you are feeling adventurous, you can download the Mac version here.
You’d need to use your Microsoft account with OneNote, why not make it more secure by enabling Two-Step Verification to protect your Microsoft Account.