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Microsoft launches OneNote for Mac

updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon March 17, 2014

Software a free download, as expected

As anticipated last week, Microsoft has launched a free Mac version of OneNote at the Mac App Store. The software stores notes, lists, receipts, and other data. Most significantly it syncs the data across multiple platforms, including Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and the web.

Microsoft is in fact making free versions of OneNote available across all platforms, although people wanting advanced features like SharePoint support and Outlook integration will still have to pay. The Mac app is listed as just "free for a limited time," though it's unclear when that period will end.

In parallel with the new apps, developers now have access to a cloud API which enables OneNote clipping and sharing. Microsoft's own Clipper can be installed in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Other platform changes include the ability to add notes and links via email, and the introduction of Office Lens for Windows Phone, which can automatically scan text from documents into OneNote. Printer makers Brother and Epson have embedded OneNote support into some devices; smartpen company Livescribe has likewise added support.

by MacNN Staff



  1. daqman

    Junior Member

    Joined: 09-15-00

    It may be free but it is unusable without a Microsoft account. So there's no offline mode as there is with Evernote. What about writing notes and saving them on the good old fashioned hard drive? Especially notes that I don't want to appear on MS' servers?

  1. daqman

    Junior Member

    Joined: 09-15-00

    So, despite the earlier comment, since I have a Microsoft account I thought I'd give it a try. It looks like OneNote and has behaves as I would expect. It was a bit slow at the start but that seems to have stabilised.

    The killer for me is that it would seem that every time I use OneNote on my iPhone OneNote on my Mac crashes! Isn't that a nice feature? Hopefully it will get fixed soon!

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Like most of Microsoft's recent offerings, I'm just apathetic at this point. They're so late in bringing these mobile solutions to iOS and/or Mac systems, that I've long ago turned to other's that still exceed anything Microsoft offers.

    I would hope the new Redmond Regime understands that simply putting its logo on a product does not bring about success.

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