Microsoft OneNote is a cross-platform app for taking notes, saving “clips,” and synchronizing your content across devices. The app was already available for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and the web. Now it’s also available for Mac users.
Oh yeah… and OneNote is also now available for free on every supported platform.
OneNote has been around for about a decade, but in the early days it was popular primarily with early tablet enthusiasts who used it to jot handwritten notes, among other things.
These days OneNote faces some pretty stiff competition from popular cloud service Evernote. Microsoft hopes to make its software more competitive not only by offering it for free to all users, but also by launching a new cloud API that will allow developers to create third-party apps that can connect to OneNote.
Data is automatically synchronized to Microsoft OneDrive, allowing you to take a note on your phone and access it on the web or on your PC just about instantly. Jot a note on your tablet and it’s available on your phone. Snap a photo with your phone, and it’s accessible on your desktop. And so forth.
While OneNote for Windows is now available as a free download, you don’t get all the features that had been available in the paid version such as integration with Outlook or SharePoint. You can still upgrade to a paid version to get those features. But if you don’t need them, it’s hard to beat the new price.