Microsoft launches free OneNote app for Mac and Windows desktop

The rumors that Microsoft was planning to launch a OneNote app for Mac users are indeed correct. The company announced today that its popular note taking software is now available for free to download from the Mac App Store.

As with the other versions of OneNote, the Mac version utilizes the familiar ribbon UI. Microsoft states:

Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights.

In addition, Microsoft announced that desktop Windows users can also download and use a stand alone OneNote app for the first time. While its core features will be free to use, there will be premium features for Office 365 and Office 2013 owners such as SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and more.

Finally, Microsoft is introducing a new API that will allow third party developers to incorporate OneNote features in their apps. Some of them have already been released, such as Feedly, Genius Scan, News360, Weave News Reader and more. Microsoft has also released some of its own OneNote supported apps such as Office Lens, which scans pictures with text and puts those words into the app, and OneNote Clipper, which saves webpage content on the app.

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Kinda dislike OneNote for Mac always looks like an inactive window. There's also no way to save files locally.

AmazingRando said,
So what is the Paid Premium content and what is actually free?

It appears features commonly used by business users are not included free. (SharePoint integration, etc.)

The design for Mac looks nice, also, finaly they are just using the Windows icons with a Mac style instead of total other icons... Great news, anyway, I already payed for OneNote, but it's worth it, most used Office app here.

I have to agree--I installed this earlier this morning, and I'm using it to store notes for a manuscript I'm in the beginning stages of writing. So far, I like it!

It looks great, installed and gotten rid of evernote already

I really hope the new Office for Mac looks similar to this, Kudos to Microsoft

jasondefaoite said,
It's free I suppose, so no point complaining.

Pretty much. The free version of EverNote requires on-line storage and has a fairly small bandwidth cap per month too.

techbeck said,
Same thing with Google Keep. you need an ID. How things are working now.

don't even mention that name, I hate google keep. I used it for a while and editing features sucks, syncing also has issues. its a half baked product that google rushed to release.... one note is in another class specially desktop version. which is similar in mac version as far as I can see. even on my android I use one note now, used to use evernote but one note is nicer now.

So, this thing keeps your notes on the cloud?

Yeah, that's not gonna fly. My note files are on my hard drive, and they have no business leaving my LAN.

_dandy_ said,
So, this thing keeps your notes on the cloud?

Yeah, that's not gonna fly. My note files are on my hard drive, and they have no business leaving my LAN.

Then stick around with your LAN.

jasondefaoite said,
"We're sorry, but this version of OneNote can't open embedded files"

#@$%@#$

sorry to ask a silly question, but what defines an embedded file within OneNote?
To what is this limited?

rob

I have a couple of pages with small embedded excel files. Opens fine on OneNote2013 on Windows. Doesn't appear to open on the Mac (Excel 2011 is installed).

jasondefaoite said,
I have a couple of pages with small embedded excel files. Opens fine on OneNote2013 on Windows. Doesn't appear to open on the Mac (Excel 2011 is installed).

So it's a MAC thing, not Windows? I can assume there's no limitation in the Windows version whatsoever? Just the login, as in e.g. EverNote?

If they dont submit it as a news story, they dont get credited. I post a lot of stuff in BPN and later is on FP and I dont get credited. Because I didnt submit the news tip.

Has nothing to do with that. If you want to get credited, then you need to submit the news tip to do so. Not only John that does this.

Besides, what is the benefit other than having your name on the OP?