Microsoft Rolls Out OneNote For Arch-Rival OS Android Takes On Evernote

February 10, 2012 0

Redmond, Washington — Relentlessly striving to outsmart its rival, software monopolists Microsoft has released a version of its OneNote for Android, aigital note-taking app in the latest cross-platform push from the Windows company as its software teams spread their wares beyond their own PC, gaming and mobility devices now available for free.

The app, which is included in the Office Hub on Windows Phone 7, now available as a free download from the Android Market, allowing SkyDrive and desktop OneNote users to keep up-to-date with all their office-based shenanigans on the go. It allows you to create your own notes with text, images, and bullets when you are out and about, make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes and then sync them across to the full Office 2010 version as well as the web-based viewer using Microsoft SkyDrive online storage.

“Mobile versions of OneNote are currently available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and now Android,” Microsoft’s Michael Oldenburg said in a blog post today. “No matter which platform you prefer, OneNote Mobile empowers you easily capture and access all of your notes and ideas on the go.”


OneNote for Android in action. (Credit: Microsoft)

Users will require to have Windows Live account as the point of OneNote is that you store your files remotely. You can then access and explore them through Office 2010 with OneNote installed on a PC or by using the app.

Certainly, there are plenty of other scrapbook creation apps out there, with Evernote probably being the most high-profile of the lot, but OneNote for Android will be incredibly useful for any fandroid who uses Office 2010 on a PC.

On the other hand, Notes can include checklists for easy task management, and bullets for lists. Apart from the full version of the software, there is no support for handwritten notes, and inked notes created on a PC cannot be viewed on the Android app. There is also no voice note support, and early-adopters have been complaining about the absence of a widget.


Microsoft’s OneNote now works on Android. (Credit: Microsoft)

In Microsoft’s feature list has the following for OneNote for Android:

  • Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists

  • To-do lists with clickable checkboxes

  • Quick photo capture with your phone’s camera

  • Quick access to recent notes

  • Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks

  • Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere

  • Offline access to your notes

  • Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection

  • Built-in spelling checker

  • Support for external hyperlinks

  • Table editing

OneNote for Android is free to download and supports up to 500 notes; after the cap if you still wish to create more, you will need to upgrade to the paid version which costs $4.99 to be able to start new notes or edit notes, but you will be able to sync and view them. You will need an Android 2.3 device or above in order to install it.