Microsoft's OneNote turns 10, company celebrates

10 years ago this month, Microsoft launched its note taking software called OneNote. In fact, Neowin covered the beta testing of the software nearly a year before it launched, and even posted some leaked screenshots of the beta. Since OneNote officially launched, Microsoft has expanded its reach to other platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of OneNote, Microsoft has posted up some new promotional videos showing how some people use the software in their daily lives. One of the clips, shown above, has Chad and Carey Hayes, the writers for the hit summer horror film The Conjouring, talking about how they no longer have to be together to write a script. Using the OneNote allows them to work remotely but still share notes and discussions on their script projects.

Another video features Joe Block, a baseball announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers, as he uses OneNote as his "cheat sheet" for all the information that he needs about the players and teams he needs to cover for each game.

The final video shows a couple, Ambir and George, using OneNote to organize their wedding by downloading templates to help set up a reception or what questions to ask a florist. Microsoft says that more details about the stories in each video will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Source: Microsoft

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Verify that the Send to OneNote mini-app is running (tip: set it to start with Windows 8.1). To capture a screen, press Windows key + Shift + S.

Wow, I tried the Windows key + Shift + S a while back and it didn't work, and yes the min-app was running... however, now I am thinking I might have been running beta/pre-release of 8.1... So maybe that was the problem. Glad to know it works again as I use that almost every day! Thanks for commenting back @HBSJr

I don't really use OneNote for anything. Gotta re-download it and try it out again. I've been using Google Keep.

I don't require information to be synced across multiple devices, so it should be safe to say I don't need this app? (considering i have GK)

onenote was the best note app for me when I was in college, made it really easy to review on my phone and ipad while I didn't have my laptop.

Definitely the best note-taking app period. No wait times for syncing either... it's just instant. I love it.

So what were persons doing for years before it existed?

What about persons who have a suite that doesn't include it? If you want to be funny, go look in the mirror.

Mr. Dee said,
So what were persons doing for years before it existed?

What about persons who have a suite that doesn't include it? If you want to be funny, go look in the mirror.

Post It notes on my desk.

Mr. Dee said,
So what were persons doing for years before it existed?

What about persons who have a suite that doesn't include it? If you want to be funny, go look in the mirror.

What did we do before OneNote existed? How is that relevant? Are you suggesting we should keep doing something despite the fact that a better replacement is available? Hope you're enjoying riding a horse that sh!ts all over and breaks its legs while the rest of us are in cars.

Mr. Dee said,
After 10 years, I still can't find any good use for it.

It took me a good 7 of those 10 years to figure out WTF OneNote was even for. It's now deeply integrated into my daily routine.

I create a new page every day. Every month is a tab along the right side of the screen. Every day is a subpage of a month. The month tabs are collapsible. Every year is a different notebook (tab at the top of the screen).

If I need to jot down any note during my day, I put it on that one daily page...could be as simple as a URL I found useful but would simply get lost among the noise if I just bookmarked it...could be a plain text bullet list, an image, a screencap of some error message and what I did to solve it...anything copied from a web page, with the formatting preserved, whatever.

Images can be searched for text--if you take a screenshot of an error message, then searching for some partial message later on will retrieve it.

People often need my help to fix their PC or network setup. I know I can't count on them to hang onto a simple note for their router password, so I have individual pages dedicated to people's settings that I know I'll need to have a few months down the road.

Every page can be password-protected; if you don't feel that's enough, you can put the OneNote files in a TrueCrypt container. You don't have to tie it with the online version.

I've practically eliminated the big pile of post-it notes I used to have on my desk--I can now find things that were worth writing down.

Sometimes one of my 'daily' pages will remain blank--that's fine; I could delete it, but then, an empty page just takes a few bytes on disk.

One of the most brilliant piece of software ever! I use it all the time and together with the handwriting capabilities of my Convertible it has become indispensable.

What OneNote does, I do with my brain. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin managed to build billion dollar companies without it. Sure, enjoy using it to manage how to fry an egg and run your little lemonade stand.

Mr. Dee said,
What OneNote does, I do with my brain. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin managed to build billion dollar companies without it. Sure, enjoy using it to manage how to fry an egg and run your little lemonade stand.

Calm down Zorro....
You are not Pico della Mirandola; there are limits to what we can memorize.
Btw it will also be much less when you will get close to your sixties.....

That's all fine and dandy Microsoft, now can you please add the ability to take pictures from the device camera directly into the one note desktop app. I would be much nice to be able to insert a picture directly from the camera using the desktop application, just as the metro app does.

uxo22 said,
That's all fine and dandy Microsoft, now can you please add the ability to take pictures from the device camera directly into the one note desktop app. I would be much nice to be able to insert a picture directly from the camera using the desktop application, just as the metro app does.

I could have sworn it had that. But apparently it only lets you record video on the desktop app, not pictures.

I love OneNote - and have been using it more often, especially at work. I don't even have a touchscreen laptop, but it's invaluable for taking notes at meeting, and sharing them with others. Love the integration with Outlook/Office.

Skwerl said,
I *LOVE* OneNote. Everyone I've shown it to has become an addict as well.

i really like the app, however if u can tell me how to add a reminder on the tasks i create, it would allow me to stop using my calendars to do list!!!

that's another mystery, does anyone know how they can see their calendar to do items on their outlook.com site???

buggered if i can find it!!!

adza33 said,

i really like the app, however if u can tell me how to add a reminder on the tasks i create, it would allow me to stop using my calendars to do list!!!

that's another mystery, does anyone know how they can see their calendar to do items on their outlook.com site???

buggered if i can find it!!!

this is on windows phone 8 of course