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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote 208

Posted by timothy
from the gratis-not-libre-of-course dept.
yakatz writes "Microsoft announced that OneNote, including the full desktop program, will be free for anyone who wants to use the program. A version of the program for Mac also appeared in the app store yesterday. This means that a native edition of OneNote is available for most platforms (including iPad, iPhone and Android, but not Linux or Blackberry). Microsoft will continue to offer a paid version of OneNote with 'business-oriented' features (including SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration). The partial rebranding of OneNote also includes some new tools like a program specifically designed to make it easier to take a picture of a whiteboard.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"
(Over at WineHQ, they're looking for a maintainer for their page on OneNote. Anyone running it on a Free operating system? What are your favorite alternatives that are "libre" free, rather than only gratis?)
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

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  • by Mr_Wisenheimer (3534031) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @11:38AM (#46516867)

    OneNote is one of the most innovative software programs of the last decade and one that I have found particularly useful, as I have been using Windows tablets since 2005. While there have been imitators, none have been able to match it feature-for-feature.

    I am unsure of the business logic behind the decision, but this is a big win for consumers, especially since Microsoft is now offering it on third party OS's, although in a much-reduced form.

    Microsoft has had some really good ideas since Gates left, like OneNote and the Tablet PC. Their problem has been implementation. Companies like Apple have taken their ideas (like touchscreen smartphones and tablet PCs), repackaged them in a form attractive to the average consumer, and made billions. The fact that MS has so many innovative products that do not sell well speaks to some kind of serious problem within the upper levels of their corporate campus.

  • by a2wflc (705508) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @11:56AM (#46517091)

    I liked what I saw co-workers able to do with it and saw potential once I got it figured out so I kept at it. It took me a few weeks to get used to it but once I did, I loved it.

    I was part of dozens (20-40) of projects at a time and it was great for keeping all of my notes about each project organized as I went from meeting to meeting. After I left that job (too many meetings) I didn't have a paid version of office. I've been more than happy with substitutes for everything else but have missed OneNote.

  • Re:Is this a signal? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by RightSaidFred99 (874576) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @12:07PM (#46517261)
    Lol, you guys in your little bubbles crack me up... You remind me of "No TV" guy, always butting in to any conversation involving someone famous with "Kim Kardashian, who's that, I don't have a TV!".
  • by udippel (562132) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @01:22PM (#46518089)

    Absolutely!! - Mod one this up; the most insightful comment until here, AFAICS!

    Trouble is, being a 100% FOSS-person, there is no close replacement, sorry. Tomboy is comparatively tomfoolery.
    Parent is also right about the prohibitive price. OneNote is the only software that I'd say is unavailable on *nix, that I'd really like to have.
    My partner is an academician and for her, this software is a must.

    Haha, the article says it will be available on *droid, so I'd have it!? Or the usual test or evaluation version? The article states 'free'; okay, we are in /., and in 2014, so the submitters (editors) are much too young to know what 'free' actually means; so it ought to read FOC instead.
    I really hope for this to happen!

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