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Microsoft to Release OneNote App for the iPhone



This should make some folks happy. I know it makes me so. Microsoft is going to be releasing a OneNote App for the iPhone. According to Ina Fried at All Things Digital, we should see it today.

The App will be free for a limited time. Users should be able to sync their Notes back and forth using Microsoft’s Windows Live Skydrive.

This will obviously be competition for MobileNoter, which is an app that allows you to sync notes back and forth through its own solution. To some degree Evernote will face some competition there as well.

Big questions remain in my mind in the wake of the news. How will Ink Notes look on the iPhone? Will there be a separate iPad version in the works?

More when we have it.

UPDATE: And what do you know. It’s available now. My afternoon is about to get crazy with work, so if anyone gives this a try post your thoughts and observations in the comments.



  1. JOE Houde

    01/18/2011 at 6:48 pm

    Oh my god! Oh my god!Oh my god!Oh my god!Oh my god!Oh my god!

    I really hope it works well.

  2. Roger J

    01/18/2011 at 7:28 pm

    So Microsoft are happy for OneNote users to use the iPhone instead of making it available first for WP7?

    Unless it’s to head off Evernote and the others, any hints of an Android version seeing as that is my current preference while I continue to use my WM6.5 smartphone (with SPB Mobile Shell).

    • Anonymous

      01/18/2011 at 7:35 pm

      OneNote is built in to wp7…

      • Frank

        01/18/2011 at 8:11 pm

        yes, it’s integrated in WP7 without ink support, very useful

        • Anonymous

          01/18/2011 at 8:14 pm

          no displayed ink in web version, no displayed ink in iphone version, no displayed ink in WP7 version. If I can’t access my handwritten notes while mobile, what use are they, microsoft? When will you bring it?

      • Roger J

        01/19/2011 at 4:36 pm

        Yes, I know, it’s also in my WM 6.5, but as you say, no inking.

        I must be thick in my dotage (63), but how come I can handwrite notes on my HTC Touch Pro 2 with WM 6.5, but MS and the rest can’t replicate, even closely?

    • Sumocat

      01/19/2011 at 2:40 pm

      I’m sure Evernote is the only reason Microsoft bothered with OneNote for iPhone.

  3. Tatej

    01/18/2011 at 7:39 pm


    • Tatej

      01/18/2011 at 7:42 pm

      It’s iOS 4.2 or higher only. Bummer for me as I only have iOS 3.2 on my Iphone 3g. One more reason to upgrade to an iPhone 4 or 5 this summer

  4. Anonymous

    01/18/2011 at 7:56 pm

    also – no support for displaying ink created in onenote on pcs

  5. Dennisvjames

    01/18/2011 at 8:01 pm

    I can tell you how pen graphics work in the current version of OneNote on the Web (LIVE)…it doesn’t. When I put a OneNote up there with pen graphics it says doesn’t recognize it and you can’t see what it is.

    • Frank

      01/18/2011 at 8:12 pm

      that’s why MobileNoter is there, OneNote sync with Ink support. I don’t have iOS, but Android, and there they just started development, so I expect that it’s much more powerful on iOS already.

  6. Joe Romeo

    01/18/2011 at 8:24 pm

    No ink, also some more complex tables don’t show up in iOS either. All in all it’s pretty basic.

  7. Leewil1

    01/18/2011 at 9:08 pm

    Can’t download it here in OZ yet :-(

  8. Yogh

    01/18/2011 at 9:25 pm

    Alas it’s not available on the New Zealand app store. Remember folks, get it now when it’s free, that way when they add inking and it costs $10 you can still upgrade for free :)

  9. Anonymous

    01/19/2011 at 8:33 am

    This is but the first version. It is good only for text notes, no ink notes. I hope they hurry up and update this. Until then it is Noteshelf and Dropbox! Also an iPad version is a must.

  10. leMel

    01/19/2011 at 6:43 pm

    I’m so happy to hear this – it bodes well for the future of the OneNote. Regarding inking – even the excellent Evernote doesn’t handle ink nearly as well as OneNote (er…desktop) does. Microsoft’s ink architecture is the best and most robust in the consumer market by a long shot in my opinion, and thus is probably is more complicated to implement. Most other inking, Evernote included, is likely literally just vector marks on the page – easy to implement anywhere.

  11. Tim Hutchinson

    01/20/2011 at 1:18 am

    The lack of ink is definitely a bummer. However, this is definitely nice enough to earn its way into a finalist in my competition for a quick and easy to-do manager. There are lots of them out there but all the ones I find are either too simple, too complicated, too gaudy to look at, or too not-free. This looks to be quick and easy to use, and the ability to pass the lists onto my laptop instantly is a big plus. While it’s not got ink support, as a text based app it seems pretty solid.

  12. Alan Robertson

    01/30/2011 at 1:29 am

    Looks like it’s only the US App Store – not showing up in the UK here either.

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