OneNote: Better than ever, and now even more free

OneNote is easily my most favorite productivity application ever – and most definitely the one application I can’t live without! I’ve been using it since Office 2007, and I continue to love it all the way through to 2013 – even when I was using a Mac exclusively for a while, I couldn’t find anything to replace it, so kept coming back to the PC so I could have my sweet, sweet OneNote back… mind you, OneNote is available on the Mac now, but since I’m running Windows 10, that’s not really the point.

Microsoft continues to knock it out of the park where OneNote is concerned – they’ve made it free, it’s available on just about everything now, and as of today, they’ve made the free version EVEN BETTER!

More details are available here, but this is the gist of what they’ve added:

  • Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
  • Page history—Easily see or go back to prior versions of a page.
  • Audio and video recording—Take notes while recording, and easily jump to the relevant section later.
  • Audio search—Search for a word in a voice or video recording.
  • Embedded files—Insert Office documents or other files directly in your notebook.

By far and large, password protecting sections (or otherwise known as How to Hide Your Christmas List from Your Wife & Kids), and page history are my favorite of these features added today, since they are the ones I use the most.

As always, OneNote connects to your OneDrive account to sync on every possible device that you can run it on – making it one of the first applications I install on any new device I own.

If you’ve never used it before, it’s time to find out what you’re missing – I promise, once you give it a try, you’ll never go back to having stacks of Word documents all over the place!

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