OneNote Double Rainbow

Microsoft announced a few days ago that my beloved OneNote has finally, finally been released on the Mac platform! On top of that, it’s now freely available to everyone, regardless of whether or not they have Office installed on their computer!

To me, this news is the equivalent of seeing a double rainbow – OneNote has always been the program that I couldn’t live without, and I have tried many equivalent programs on the Mac, but nothing matches the functionality and ease of use as this amazing program. Microsoft made a step in the right direction when they made the web version, and it has only grown in functionality since then. OneNote in a browser doesn’t’ always do it for me, though, so I’m incredibly happy to have it as a program that can be installed natively.

And finally, they’ve also provided a cloud API for use with the OneNote service – the only one I’ve experimented with so far is IFTT (If this, then that) to send any screenshots I take on my phone directly to OneNote. I actually do this quite frequently if I’m trying to document something from my phone for a blog post, or even just for general documentation. I’m looking forward to seeing what other cool features come out now that people have access to this API…

Great job, Microsoft!

To recap:

  1. OneNote for Mac is available for the first time and for free. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync.
  2. OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version because we want everyone to be able to use it. Premium features are available to paid customers.
  3. The OneNote service now provides a cloud API enabling any application to connect to it. This makes it easier than ever to capture ideas, information and inspirations from more applications and more places straight into OneNote, including:

From <http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/17/onenote-now-on-mac-free-everywhere-and-service-powered/>

+Jeremy Dahl

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