With the recent changes to Evernote’s pricing, it was time to take a good look and see how Microsoft’s OneNote has changed since I used it last. The most important bit is that it’s become free for personal use (wasn’t originally) and cross platform.
Premium features for OneNote are available in Microsoft’s $9.99/mo Office bundle. Fortunately, the parts I need seem to be in the free segment. I suspect they class commercial use in with their Office licenses and it’s just part of a bundled Office license.
While many Apple users are going to Mac Notes (Switching from Evernote to Apple Notes? Here’s how.), OneNote may be an alternative to Evernote for the Windows/Android crowd.
I haven’t used it extensively in a LONG time so I’m curious to see how it handles today. Definitely going to kick its tires and have a look.
I’m currently either auditing (for my audience) or taking (for myself) multiple training courses currently so I’ll be using OneDrive to keep section notes and homework from them.
While I really crave a Google solution since I’m an avid Android user, Google Keep is WAY too minimalistic for this type of content for me. Plus, Microsoft has kept OneNote going since 2003 (over 10 years!) so it’s more unlikely to meet an untimely demise than a random Google side-project.
OneNote is available on a wide list of devices including Windows (metro/desktop/tablet/phone), Apple (Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch), Android (Tablet/Phone/Wear), as well as Chromebook and web access. Click here for the download links.
While OneNote comes pre-installed on Windows 10, it is the “Metro” (tile) version. By visiting the link above you can download the desktop version if tiles are not your cup of tea. (I do suggest having a look at both versions though as the interface is somewhat different and you may prefer one over the other.)
Here are some useful getting started tutorials I found:
- OneNote: Getting Started
- OneNote: Clip from the web
- OneNote: Plan a trip with others
- OneNote: Search notes instantly
- OneNote: Write notes on slides
- find more here
For the free version, notebook creation (but not editing/segmenting) is hard-linked to the cloud. This means you must be ONLINE in order to create a notebook. However, once it’s created, going offline does not seem to be a problem for editing, writing in, or segmenting the notebook. This may not be the case in the premium version but I have not verified that.
This is not a particular problem for me since you honestly do not want to have dozens of notebooks… that’s what segments/sections are for.
One of the features I already like is the much more frequent auto-saving compared to Evernote which only auto-saves every 15 minutes.
Switching from Evernote to OneNote? Here’s how.
Check out OneNote here: https://www.onenote.com/
Are you using OneNote? Have you given it a try? What do you think?
~ Kim ~
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