Today Microsoft released their OneNote notebook app for the Mac. Not only is this a new platform for the service, it’s a new pricing structure. OneNote is now free on all platforms and free to use. Under this new free-to-use structure, OneNote could represent potential major competition to Evernote.
OneNote for Mac
OneNote for Mac represents the note taking platform’s first foray onto the Mac. But it’s not the first on an Apple platform – it arrived on iOS last year. The app itself looks to be heavily influenced by OneNote 2013 for Windows, but slightly tweaked for the Mac. This could represent a sneak peak of the interface for the upcoming Office 2014 for Mac update that is reportedly due to release this year. That isn’t a bad thing. The interface is powerful and easy to use.
OneNote For Everyone…Free-Ish
What I’m about to say is going to make some people very happy and others not so much. When I said all platforms I meant it: Mac, iOS, Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and online via the web. Yes, that includes OneNote 2013 for Windows. This application was $70 yesterday. If you wanted it, it’s great news. If you already own it, you might be a little peeved. That’s okay, but this the right move for Microsoft to make.
Like OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), this helps users tap into Microsoft services. The notes themselves are synced to the OneDrive account using the cloud service’s storage. Microsoft is also including an API to integrate both Microsoft’s own services like a web clipper or the firstname.lastname@example.org email and third party services like Feedly, IFTTT, and Doxie. While it is free to use, there are limits. For one, since it’s competing for storage, you may have to upgrade to a larger, paid, OneDrive storage limit. There are also Premium features for Office 365 subscribers like Outlook and SharePoint support. If any of this sounds familiar, Google and Evernote use business models that are very similar.
Have you had a chance to play with OneNote at all? Could this move you off of Evernote if you’re in the MS Office Environment? Let us know in the comments below, our forum, our IRC, or on social media.