Microsoft to push OEMs to bundle OneNote with Windows 8.1 update 1

In the next couple of weeks, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 update 1 via Windows update. Seeing as Microsoft already posted the build to Windows update (twice), many of us have begun to play with the new features.

For OEMs, however, it looks like Microsoft is about to start pushing OneNote with new installs of the update.

In a document that was recently leaked that details the Windows 8.1 Update 1, or as the document refers to it as Windows 8.1 Update GDR, Microsoft will be pushing vendors to include OneNote with the update.

Microsoft recently released OneNote for OS X and it would appear that the company is about to start pushing the product as another core offering of Windows. By bundling the apps together, Microsoft will likely hope to make inroads into against competitors such as Evernote.

Windows 8.1 update 1 will bring a bunch of new features to Windows 8.1 including pinning modern apps to the taskbar and additional mouse and keyboard friendly context menus. The update will likely be pushed out with patch Tuesday in April and detailed at Microsoft’s upcoming BUILD conference.

With OneNote about to become another core app that ships with Windows 8.1, Microsoft will once again, increase the value of the platform out of the box.

Thanks for the tip @bav0!

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You can't even use this one note without using MS account. Hey MS, I am not putting all my to do list and awesome business plan for you to snoop in. There are far better alternative than what you can provide.

And since when does using a Microsoft account (such as Outlook.com) obviate using any of the others? I have FOUR e-mail addresses - my Outlook.com one replaced both Hotmail and passport.com (which was my old ID for all things Microsoft), and it's STILL not my default. My other three are ISP (which remains my default), Yahoo and GMail (which is my ID for all things Google - such as YouTube or Android). In a classic example of "quirkage factor", my outlook.com one is also my Apple ID.

-adrian- said,
yes - more bloatware please

Let's see, it consumes a few MB of disk space, doesn't run in the background, can be removed with 2 clicks, and is the most powerful note taking software on the planet. Tell me again how it's bloatware?

siah1214 said,

Let's see, it consumes a few MB of disk space, doesn't run in the background, can be removed with 2 clicks, and is the most powerful note taking software on the planet. Tell me again how it's bloatware?

He doesn't want it, therefore, it's automatically bloat. Duh!

I think it's a less-than-optimal strategy to harm the design of your own product (by placing a gap in the default Start Screen) in order to encourage OEMs to install OneNote by default. I know it's a nearly negligible difference, but still not the best choice for negative re-enforcement.

That "blank space" doesn't stay blank if the upgrader (not OEM) already has OneNote 2013 installed - desktop OneNote 2013 fills that space.

as others have said its simply the best note taking app Ive ever used, the sharing features are fantastic. I cant imagine why anyone would use anything else for this purpose (please if you know of a better let me know, but I cant see it - don't include evernote, its not better by a looooong shot)

And why shouldn't Microsoft encourage it? Cost to the OEM is zero; further, cost to the customer is also zero. And in what way is it any different from Google (or Apple) from *encouraging* the use of their free services?

absolutely, since the bundling embargo has lifted a while back I don't see why MS doesn't bundle more with windows, its clear now they will be treating it more as a service platform now anyway and onenote fits with one drive like I do in the arse concave I made on my sofa :)

because this is what everyone calls bloatware. Everyone hates it and suddenly just because it might be useful it is ok? guess HP has a lot of useful things shipped with their machines

-adrian- said,
because this is what everyone calls bloatware. Everyone hates it and suddenly just because it might be useful it is ok? guess HP has a lot of useful things shipped with their machines

I would hardly consider any modern app to be bloatware.

-adrian- said,
because this is what everyone calls bloatware.

No, bloatware is a term that's thrown around by people who consider any feature they specifically don't use to be superfluous and therefore, "bloat". If the software was tailor-made just for you, then yes it could be considered bloat, however, it's not, therefore, it's more often than not, not bloatware.

Don't want it? Don't use it and uninstall it.

-adrian- said,
because this is what everyone calls bloatware. Everyone hates it and suddenly just because it might be useful it is ok? guess HP has a lot of useful things shipped with their machines

i wouldn't class an app that you can choose to use or not use, and until you do use it it does nothing bloatware, for me bloatware is things that try to take over system functions (WiFi control etc) or things that pop up asking you to enable the trial (mcafee etc) or hp/dell support tools that run at startup, or toolbars and pc tuneup crap.

this is an app, this app does nothing until you run it, it has a small footprint and on top of all that is extremely useful should you choose to run it.

you can also uninstall very easily.

not bloatware at all.

Hopefully this isn't the path forward for OneNote. It is probably the best application in the Office Suite... Microsoft has a strong history of failing to properly enhance anything they bundle into Windows.

Hopefully they don't destroy another application I enjoy using.

This is talking about the Metro style OneNote, not the desktop OneNote app that is distributed through Office 2013 and recently for free. Metro apps, even those bundled with Windows, are updated very frequently with new features. The Music, Video, Reader, Skype all are bundled in to windows and have been getting updates and new features every months. OneNote will keep getting updates. Again, this is the metro version.

in addition to the above, one note should be free I feel, as it fits so well with onedrive its a real system seller, and simply the best note taking app Ive ever used. The desktop version (part of office) has a lot more features but only in the realm of the hard core user, the modern app does all I need mostly, although the desktop app does have the brilliant screen clipping tool).

All in all though, I think its a good move by MS to make one note free on Mac OS and Windows via the store, I'm pretty sure its free on mobiles as well (I know its free on WP), thing is its competing with evernote and is miles better, but has to be free IMO to beat it.

onenote is probably the best note-taking program I've used and still use, so I don't see why not it shouldn't be promoted. Nothing wrong with it, as long you can uninstall it.

Microsoft is "strongly encouraging" but not requiring it. Why design the update so that a blank tile shows where OneNote would have been? A blank tile would look stupid. It should be mandatory that OneNote be installed so there is no potential for a blank tile. People can unpin OneNote if they want to.

On the Start screen a blank space for OneNote is a blank tile, if something can't be moved to fill it in and other tiles move to make room for the blank "space". No difference. Still seems like a bad idea.

seeprime said,
if something can't be moved to fill it in and other tiles move to make room for the blank "space"
I doubt end users will be unable to get rid of the blank tile, space, whatever, but yes MS shouldn't force it. A blank tile gains them nothing whatsoever as far as i can see.

Guys, from all the leaks of Update 1, you can see the blank space in the start screen already. This is not a blank tile. It's an empty space. You can move other tile in that space to fill it. If you install OneNote from the Store, that space will be filled in by OneNote (if you didn't fill it with another app already)

seeprime said,
On the Start screen a blank space for OneNote is a blank tile, if something can't be moved to fill it in and other tiles move to make room for the blank "space". No difference. Still seems like a bad idea.

That's not how it works. It just means there's a group with room for another tile in it. Obviously you can put something there.

norseman said,
This is great!! I love OneNote and use it on my Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet all of the time!

Me too! Its so great =).