has launched its OneNote note-taking application for the Mac platform,
while at the same time bringing making it free for the Windows platform.
OneNote for Mac and Windows is available in a 'freemium' model, with
some additional paid features available to 'premium' users. The company
has also introduced a new cloud API to enable developers to connect
their apps to it.
The OneNote application was earlier available
for PC, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android, and the
Web (formerly known as OneNote web app), and has now been introduced on
Mac for the first time. The OneNote for Mac app will like the rest, sync
automatically with Microsoft's OneDrive cloud-storage service, keeping
notes in sync across all platforms.
OneNote for Mac is available
to download for free from the Mac App Store on iTunes.
OneNote application was, however, available for Windows as a
paid-version before. The new free version of the application misses on
some of the features that are seen in its paid-version like SharePoint
support, version history, Outlook account integration and more (all of
which are available to 'premium' Office 365 and Office 2013 users), as
per The official Microsoft Office Blog.
The free OneNote app version is also ad-free, not a limited-time trial
version and is made for home and school related uses only.
Microsoft has released the OneNote cloud service API for
third-party app makers to integrate the service with the app. The cloud
service comes with few features such as OneNote Clipper, through which
users can save web pages on OneNote; firstname.lastname@example.org email for sending
certain notes to the app as mails; and Office Lens, which is Microsoft's
optical-character-recognition-technology, used for capturing documents
and saving them in OneNote.
Other key features include sending
news articles to OneNote via other news apps like Weave, News 360 and
Feedly; scanning of physical notebooks into the app via Mod Notebooks;
Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote via
Livescribe and more.