OneNote Mobile for iPhone gets major update

Microsoft has announced today that they are releasing a major new version of OneNote for the iPhone, presumably to bring it into line with the features that Windows Phone 7 offers.

In a post on the OneNote blog, Microsoft said that they were making available OneNote Mobile 1.2 for iPhone, which not only includes new features, but makes the app available in five new markets worldwide. The new markets are Canada, the United Kingdon, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. 

The new features are ones users have been asking for since the launch of the app:

  • Search — retrieve important information quickly within text in your notebooks, sections, and pages.
     
  • Pin recent notes — keep your favorite notes at the top of the Recently Viewed list.
     
  • Sync shared notebooks — sync notebooks that others have shared with you on Windows Live SkyDrive.
     
  • Choose which notebooks sync to your phone — save bandwidth by excluding less important notebooks.
     
  • Set the image size for photos — choose between faster syncing or higher quality images.

The color scheme on the application has also been overhauled to give a lighter look than previously. Interestingly, Microsoft says that "the OneNote team reads all comments and reviews that you post about the app in the iTunes App Store and also actively monitors the OneNote forum on the Microsoft Answers website, which is the official Support forum for all versions of Microsoft OneNote (including OneNote Mobile)."

To download OneNote for iPhone now, click one of the below links.

According to the post, OneNote will only be free for a limited time, so get it while its hot!

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thornz0 said,
I would really like this on my Android.

yes please... to bad MS doesn't develop Office apps for Android

marinejld said,
I would really like OneNote for my MAC.....now THAT would be nice!

Why don't you use evernote? Much better all round! You can even import onenote into evernote.
https://www.evernote.com/

Also there is a client for Android, to answer

thornz0:
I would really like this on my Android.
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You know what I can't stand? The fact that Microsoft still likes to play nicely with the competition, despite their dirty methods. Microsoft should just realize that they've got to stop putting out applications for Apple. Being nice to the competition may make you look good, but don't expect Apple to return the favor, Microsoft. Those greedy ******** never do.

PlogCF said,
You know what I can't stand? The fact that Microsoft still likes to play nicely with the competition, despite their dirty methods. Microsoft should just realize that they've got to stop putting out applications for Apple. Being nice to the competition may make you look good, but don't expect Apple to return the favor, Microsoft. Those greedy ******** never do.

I know what you mean, but the way I look at it is that it's something I can play with until I ditch my iPhone this fall for a Windows Phone.

PlogCF said,
You know what I can't stand? The fact that Microsoft still likes to play nicely with the competition, despite their dirty methods. Microsoft should just realize that they've got to stop putting out applications for Apple. Being nice to the competition may make you look good, but don't expect Apple to return the favor, Microsoft. Those greedy ******** never do.

So you think only apple benefits from microsoft releasing their software on apple platform?

You shouldn't post something when you haven't done your research.

Companies benefits largely from releasing their own products on competing platforms. iTunes for windows, Microsoft office for Mac are just a few that come to mind.

stevan said,

So you think only apple benefits from microsoft releasing their software on apple platform?

You shouldn't post something when you haven't done your research.

Companies benefits largely from releasing their own products on competing platforms. iTunes for windows, Microsoft office for Mac are just a few that come to mind.


Bah, I don't need to research before I make a simple opinion all of the time. I understand what you're saying: Microsoft makes money from doing this. However, by doing this, they are giving people who don't use iOS an incentive to switch over based on the types of apps available. It's ridiculous to give inadvertent advertising to iOS and giving to the cold shoulder to WP7 users just because Microsoft is exercising the "everyone should be able to appreciate this software" philosophy. That's a great philosophy, but it results in helping the completion out even more if the other company is not as generous and good-willed. You don't see Apple developing Garageband or Pages for Windows Phone or Android, and until they do, I don't think Microsoft or Google should continue to develop iOS apps. Just think, if they decided to pull all of their apps together from the App Store, the amount of iOS users would degrade down, and we'd be left with WP7 and Android, where both companies are more open about developing for each other. (Google Search for WP7, for example.

PlogCF said,

Bah, I don't need to research before I make a simple opinion all of the time. I understand what you're saying: Microsoft makes money from doing this. However, by doing this, they are giving people who don't use iOS an incentive to switch over based on the types of apps available. It's ridiculous to give inadvertent advertising to iOS and giving to the cold shoulder to WP7 users just because Microsoft is exercising the "everyone should be able to appreciate this software" philosophy. That's a great philosophy, but it results in helping the completion out even more if the other company is not as generous and good-willed. You don't see Apple developing Garageband or Pages for Windows Phone or Android, and until they do, I don't think Microsoft or Google should continue to develop iOS apps. Just think, if they decided to pull all of their apps together from the App Store, the amount of iOS users would degrade down, and we'd be left with WP7 and Android, where both companies are more open about developing for each other. (Google Search for WP7, for example.

Regardless of your views - its good to "Finally" have this app on the australian store - even if they missed the mark with iPhone sized setup. I am downloading it atm, but it will still fall short of many of the features I need. (For instance - I need to access a One Note collaborative database stored on a share on a server - One Note 2010 will open this, and keep a sync'd copy - I am not sure how this will handle it.

I would like to see it on Mac as well, but its just as likely to be the same poor cousin that the Office 2011 suite is to the office 2010 suite. They can't even get their own document format working cross platform when you start locking/protecting cells in excel. Office 2011 & Office 2008 couldn't work properly with a document designed by Office 2007/Office 2010

One Note isn't a consumer product - at least not wholly - its a collaborative product used by Enterprise and Education all the time. When you have schools out there that use one note, and the collaborative features - one of the things holding back the deployment of One Note in many areas is the lack of cross platform support for it. Even Outlook 2011 is a step in the right direction.

Apple and Microsoft look at their consumer bases in different ways -
Microsoft is primarily a software company - they want their software on as many devices as possible - regardless of the platform. Apple is a Hardware & Software integrated company - they want their software on their hardware, and provide ways to integrate that hardware (in the case of iOS Devices) with other OS's as a way to get more of their hardware out there.

PlogCF said,

...by doing this, they are giving people who don't use iOS an incentive to switch over based on the types of apps available. It's ridiculous to give inadvertent advertising to iOS and giving to the cold shoulder to WP7 users just because...

Ok. It's either they have an app on Apple's successful product, or they allow some other company or developer to make a similar app, and pull away even more people from Microsoft's stuff. At the moment, the iPhone or iPod are the de facto choice for most people, and until Windows Phone or the Zune rise to greater prominence, it will continue to be like that. Either Microsoft is in the game, or they can be completely out of it.

Plus Microsoft is definitely putting work on their Windows Phone side of things. iPhone was a bit of a priority while MS was playing catch up, but now that they're getting closer to beating Apple and Google on almost all fronts, and introducing better APIs and code, better apps can be made now.

PlogCF said,
we'd be left with WP7 and Android, where both companies are more open about developing for each other. (Google Search for WP7, for example.

There isn't a single app that Microsoft developed for Android (except Tag for Android, a barcode reader, of which there are plenty on the Market).