Microsoft Corporation, the company that produces a wide range of computer software and servers, launched for the first time its Microsoft OneNote for Mac which is available for download free of charge.
This bold step of making Microsoft OneNote available for free for Mac was done to broaden the platform support of OneNote in order to get ahead of and better compete with its rivals in the industry specifically Evernote.
Microsoft, on March 17, also released a free version of OneNote for Windows desktop which can be downloaded from OneNote.com. OneNote version for both Mac and Windows share the same freeform note-taking features, notebook metaphor, and ribbon interface.
However, there are some features of OneNote that are not included in the free version for Windows desktop. Outlook integration, version history, and SharePoint support are not available in the free version, but what makes it sounds good though is the fact that it is not a temporary trail version, it is ad-free and limited to home/school use only. OneNote is also available for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, Android phones, and the Web.
Moreover, as part of its goal to broaden the platform support, Microsoft also announced that it is working on the updated version of OneNote for Windows 8 and for iPad which is expected to be released in days to come as part of the Office for iPad.
Also, OneNote service to third-party developers has been opened up by Microsoft allowing said developers to make available a cloud programming interface where applications can be connected. Included in the new features of OneNote service are: OneNote clipper browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Mac Safari; a new firstname.lastname@example.org email feature for sending notes to OneNote; and Office Lens allowing users to take pictures of documents to be immediately imported into the OneNote QuickNotes with text recognition.
For reference on how to use Microsoft OneNote for Mac, below are the details as provided under the Mac App Store Preview on iTunes:
Harness the immense potential of your thoughts and discoveries with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that?s too important to forget.
Whether you?re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!
Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:
1. Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
2. Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
3. Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
4. Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
5. Collaborate and share ideas with your team
6. Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
7. Keep and edit all of your notes ? whether taken from OneNote on Mac, tablet, phone, or browser
1. Sync your notebooks seamlessly across computers and devices -then share them to your friends, family, or colleagues
2. Your notes look just the same on your Mac – including rendering ink annotation and formatting
3. Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format your notes like you want in a free form canvas
4. Search your notes and files for anything you?ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase
5. Create, move, copy, re-order, rename, color code and delete pages, sections and notebooks to organize your content as you’d like
Harness the full potential of you – with OneNote.