Microsoft OneNote Arrives on iPad

Monday December 12, 2011 2:15 PM PST by Jordan Golson
Microsoft's Office team introduced an iPhone version of OneNote to-do/notes application earlier this year, and has now followed it up with an iPad edition.
Whether you need to track and share shopping lists, gift-giving plans, recipe clippings and collections, or event and travel planning, you'll never forget or miss a thing with OneNote by your side.

What’s new in this version

OneNote for iOS builds on previous releases with the following new features in version 1.3:

- Support for iPad and iPad 2
- Localization into several new languages and markets
- Tabbed user interface
- Quick note creation in the Unfiled Notes section
- Table rendering
- Improved Windows Live sign-in experience
- Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection
- Integrated upgrade option

New for the latest edition of OneNote is a limit on how many notes can be created in the free edition. Now, up to 500 notes is free for all users, but to unlock unlimited functionality is unlocked via in-app purchase, $4.99 on the iPhone and $14.99 on the iPad.

OneNote is free on the App store for the iPad [Direct Link] or the iPhone [Direct Link].

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Posted: 39 months ago

Another M$ app to avoid.

Rating: 17 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Excellent. Now bring it to OS X please.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

What's the big advantage of something like this over, say, OmniFocus, 2Do, or any of the full-featured ToDo/Note-taking apps for iOS already that sync with the cloud? There are some substantial ones for iOS, especially for the iPad.

do you even know what OneNote is and what it does? they are made for entirely different tasks ..
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

It looks like Evernote with some collab features.

Tell me why it's a big deal. Who knows, I might just buy it.

First and foremost it's a free-form note-taking application, not a Task-Manager, which is a huge difference. This alone makes the comparison to OmniFocus invalid, as OmniFocus is a full-blown Task-Manager, not a Note-Taking-Tool. 2Do is basically an application to manage arrays of text input (a list with strings). Of course it adds functionality like marking things as done etc., but at it's core it's just a fancy list.

As I stated in the first sentence, OneNote is a free-form note-taking app. That means that the program logic does not force you to use predetermined spaces (Views) to input data. Consequently you can just click anywhere on your "page" and start typing stuff. But not only that, as you can also cut, copy and paste from nearly anywhere and put it into your page as well. You could, for example, enter some text and press a button inside OneNote which lets you cut and paste anything thats visible on the screen. It's kinda hard to explain without going further into details, but OneNote is basically the nearest you can get to a piece of paper which you can obviously use to write down anything you want, anywhere you want (which is huge in order to arrange text, pictures etc. the way YOU want).

Besides Excel, OneNote is the best application Microsoft has ever written, and that's not because it's very complex, but it works flawlessly and very straight forward. Especially if you have a tablet-Pc, you'll LOVE OneNote!:cool:

If they didn't implemented the "free-form" aspect of the desktop app, I don't see "any" benefits besides Windows support though:rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
The heck with the iPad app. I want the desktop app so I can take some badass law school notes in something better than Word.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

Another M$ app to avoid.

as much as an Apple fan I am, Microsoft makes some quality stuff. Windows 7 is actually pretty nice and I use it every now and then. Xbox 360 kinect is pretty interesting, and no one makes better productivity software than Microsoft right now.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Hehe, wow! In my opinion, OneNote is probably one of the best Office Applications out there, particularly for students. I can see that being a pretty big hit if Microsoft have done a good job =]
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
No formatting support?
All my formatting is lost on iPad. One of the main strengths of OneNote is that you can write anywhere on a page. Much like on a paper. Almost all of my notes are made in this manner. So, the layout of page is important.
What MS were thinking when released this app? Its good for iPhone for some usages, like shopping lists, but the same version for iPad......
I must tell that competitors did their job better.
Take a look at Aqrate Outline. This app is perfect as reader and promises to be a perfect OneNote client for iPad when they add sync and editing.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

Agreed. One Note (the desktop version for Windows) is probably the best thing MS has created in recent years.

Fixed that for you. ;)
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Whenever a OneNote story comes up on here, everybody who's never used it can't understand what the difference is between OneNote and any of the other myriad notetaker apps out there, and if you just look at the descriptions that's understandable. However, ask anyone who uses OneNote to its full potential and they'll tell you nothing comes close.

You can use OneNote on OS X, there is an online version. However, it really is an inferior product to the Windows installed version; once again I hope that this is an indicator that we will one day see a true OS X version.
Rating: 1 Votes

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