Microsoft OneNote is now free everywhere, new API for developers

Microsoft OneNote is now free everywhere, new API for developers
If you have never had the opportunity to use Microsoft OneNote, you may not be able to appreciate the depth of this announcement. It is one of the best note taking apps in existence, but was beset by competition like the highly regarded Evernote, with apps for all the major platforms.

OneNote covered the bases with mobile apps, and a web-interface, but was conspicuously missing the Apple computers. Today, Microsoft announced OneNote for Macs and that the application would be free across all platforms including the desktop program.

Premium features will be available to those that want to pay for them. Connected with your Microsoft ID, OneNote will stay in sync across anything you do whether it is on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android device, web, or Windows Phone.

One top of making OneNote free, Microsoft also announced new cloud APIs so that any app could connect and allow users to take note of their favorite content, such as, from Feedly or Weave. The program used to cost about $40 as a standalone product.

There are new features too, such as “” for emailing notes to your OneNote notebook. Office Lens is a new app for Windows Phone which will capture documents, business cards, and whiteboards and put them in your OneNote Quick Notes.

If you happen to be using OneNote on a Surface Pro tablet or other pen-capable tablet, the handwriting recognition from Microsoft makes your hand-written notes in OneNote as easy to search as text in the web.

sources: Office Blog via WPCentral



1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1467; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Google keep is probably the best note taking app for me. As long as you have a Gmail account you can sync it to anything. It can even be used offline.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Personally I use Keep on my Nexus for quick short notes, But for my hybrid and PC I use OneNote as it has far more features, especially for Uni notes as it allows me to add slideshows, pdfs and images

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

OneNote is pretty good.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I use colornote and i cant be more happy. Keep is nice but its too basic and somewhat unintuitive.

5. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

OSX version is sucks as hell. it doesn't support any document printing. No exporting other format, No copy and paste function as html, No importing any offline win-note package(.onepkg, .one), buggy web booklet clipping, No longer able to attach files except picture, and so on... OneNote for Mac is just a free doc viewer & simple text editor imo.

6. Elfmonster unregistered

I just downloaded it and tried it. My god. The font is so small! I thought Evernote used a small font but holy Karen Carpenter!

7. Gothbeard

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

"would be free across all platforms including the desktop program"... and Linux?

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