Microsoft’s OneNote app, a note-taking tool that has been around for several years, finally has a Mac version—for free. Users can download the OneNote app from Apple’s App Store, and the Windows edition is becoming a free download at the same time. Along with the new price tag (or lack thereof) OneNote released with new features. The new version includes offline access to notes and the ability for multiple people to work on the same note simultaneously. Although Evernote doesn’t have these features, some of OneNote’s new features are merely catching up to what Evernote already offers, such as the OneNote Clipper button for Web browsers that saves Web pages as notes and a universal email address. By emailing users can utilize a single destination for emailing documents to themselves and save them as notes. However, premium features like SharePoint support or Outlook integration are not free.  Microsoft moves like this only support the idea that the company is trying to emphasize its cloud offerings and expand its integration with mobile devices.

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Jaclyn McClellan

Jaclyn McClellan is an assistant financial analyst at AAII and is editor of Computerized Investing, the premiere publication covering the use of personal computers for financial planning, investment analysis and portfolio management. She contributes articles and reviews to Computerized Investing and writes for the AAII Journal. McClellan also serves on the Stock Superstars Report and Dividend Investing advisory committees. She is an honors graduate from DePaul University with a bachelor of science in business with a major in finance.

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  1. Wayne Thorp
    Wayne Thorp March 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    While I am a heavy user of the Microsoft Office Suite, I have never gotten into OneNote. I think this is where Microsoft’s slow development of true Office apps for iOS hurts them. At this point, I don’t think I would ever give up Evernote in favor of the OneNote app. While there is a OneNote app for iOS, Evernote is my go-to note app and I can use it on my PC, iPhone and iPad.

  2. Jaclyn
    Jaclyn March 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I agree. OneNote hasn’t been my thing. I use evernote and don’t see a point in trying to transfer all the information I have on that app to a different one. I think “late start” is exactly what happened to Microsoft here and it’s interesting that they’re pushing to make up for lost ground now. I wonder how many people will switch or use OneNote as opposed to Evernote.

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