OneNote may be one of the lesser known products of the Microsoft Office suite, although it has been available as part of the Office desktop suite for Windows for years (since Office 2003) and has been installed on 78 million PCs in the U.S – more than a third of all the PCs in the country. There hasn’t been, and still isn’t, a Mac desktop client but mac uses can still advantage of the OneNote web version.
Well, here’s something of a surprise. Microsoft has just brought their powerful and easy to use note-taking application called OneNote to Apple’s iOS devices, namely iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Microsoft plans to charge for the application, but as part of a limited time offer is making it available as a free download. There is no word on when the “limited” free period will run out, so it’s worth grabbing now if you utilize OneNote.
Shares a similar feature set to its cousin on Windows Phone 7, OneNote Mobile for iOS lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Notes are automatically backed up and synced with free Windows Live SkyDrive online storage, so that you can access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser. Unfortunately, The new iOS mobile app isn’t as capable as the Web version or the Windows desktop client as it doesn’t supports tables, hyperlinks, uploaded graphics,clip art, and some of those advanced data types and formats.
With OneNote Mobile for iOS, you can:
- Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
- Check To Do items off on the go
- Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
- Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
- Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone
You can now download Microsoft OneNote Mobile for iOS free from the Apple Store (currently available only for U.S. App Store users). It will work on any iOS device that is running iOS 4.2 or newer though it’s not optimized for the iPad’s larger screen, and requires a Windows Live ID. You may also like to read A first look at Microsoft OneNote on the iPhone to see how to install, start, use, and sync the new app.