Microsoft Announces Changes to OneNote Including Free Versions
Today, Microsoft announced that the software program OneNote is now available for Mac, is free everywhere, and is service powered, now providing a cloud API. OneNote (an electroinc note taking and organizational program) is now available on all platforms: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android, and the Web. And they are always in sync. Besides OneNote being available for Mac, it is also now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version. Microsoft states that this is because they “want everyone to be able to use it.” Other ‘premium features’ are available to paid customers. These premium features include SharePoint support, version history, and Outlook integration.
And finally, the OneNote service now provides a cloud API, enabling any application to connect to it. Microsoft states,
“This will make it easier to capture ideas, information, and inspirations from more applications and more places straight to OneNote, including:
- OneNote Clipper for saving web pages to OneNote
- firstname.lastname@example.org for emailing notes to OneNote
- Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone
- Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
- Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat
- Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
- Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
- Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks
- Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT”
OneNote for Mac is available for download from the Mac App Store. The free version of OneNote for the Windows desktop is also available for download from OneNote.com. Previously, Microsoft made free versions of OneNote available for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Web. But before today, users of older versions of Windows had to pay for the OneNote app as part of the Microsoft’s Office suite. Also, the free version is ad-free, not a temporary trial version, and is limited to home/school use only.