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[Author's note: This blog post has been updated with late-breaking information which appears near the end of this post.]
Since I began looking at Microsoft Office 2010 Beta feedback last year, the one question so many of you asked perhaps more than any other was "When will you release a OneNote app for the iPhone?" I'm happy to say that the time has come.
First, check out the official announcement by Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group. Then head over to the iTunes App Store to download OneNote Mobile for iPhone. It works on any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and it's free for a limited time.
With OneNote Mobile, you can create and view notes and lists right on your iPhone. Your notes can be synced with your Windows Live SkyDrive account so you can access, edit, and share them from virtually anywhere. (Don't have a SkyDrive account yet? Sign up here — it's free!) You can also use OneNote Mobile for iPhone to view and edit any of the notes that you've created on your computer and synced to your SkyDrive account.
While the OneNote Mobile app naturally doesn't have all of the functionality of the full OneNote 2010 desktop application for your computer, it's optimized for your iPhone's display and lets you handle the basics with ease.
Use OneNote Mobile to create shopping lists and to-do lists, prepare for a trip or project, and take class or meeting notes without lugging around your laptop. OneNote Mobile is also great for collecting ideas and tracking project notes, capturing ad hoc information about stuff you need to deal with at home or at work, as well as tracking activities, wish lists, gift lists — anything you can think of.
If you're having trouble searching, click here to find OneNote Mobile on iTunes.
Now that OneNote Mobile for iPhone is installed and you're signed in, you can create notes and lists wherever you are and either keep them on your phone or sync them to your desktop computer or laptop when you return to your computer at home, at school, or at work. Because SkyDrive seamlessly manages your files, you'll always have all of your notes and information at your fingertips without having to manually copy any files back and forth.
As with the full version of OneNote 2010 on your computer, there's no need to save your notes or changes you make. OneNote automatically and continuously saves your work so you never lose a thing.
OneNote Mobile for iPhone will periodically attempt to sync your notes to your Windows Live SkyDrive account, but you can force a manual sync if you want to.
In the Settings screen that opens, tap Sync Now. When the sync has been successfully completed, the Last updated date/time stamp underneath the Sync Now button will be refreshed.
Here are a few more screenshots of the OneNote Mobile for iPhone app to whet your appetite. Remember — it's only free for a limited time, so don't delay and grab the free app today!
The OneNote team has been working hard on this first release of OneNote Mobile for iPhone. Please leave a comment below to let us know how you like this version and share with us any suggestions that you may have for improving it!
If you're attempting to sync your notes to SkyDrive and are running into any problems, first check for any sync errors that may appear on the Settings screen (shown above).
For OneNote Mobile for iPhone technical support, tap Settings on the navigation bar at the bottom of the app screen, and then tap Technical Support for further instructions.
UPDATE 01/18 - 12:50 PM PST: OneNote Program Manager Daniel Escapa confirms that due to the overwhelming response to the OneNote Mobile app release today, we have received reports from some customers who are experiencing an error when they attempt to login. Specifically, you may encounter the following error message: "Loading list of notebooks failed. (400)." The underlying cause is an intermittent issue due to the overwhelming interest in the app.
The current workaround is to keep attempting to sign in. Once you get past this error, OneNote Mobile will sync without any problem. The OneNote team is actively investigating the issue and believes to have identified the cause. An update for the app is in the works. Please check back for further developments as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely thank you for your patience and interest in OneNote Mobile.
UPDATE 01/19 - 4:30 PM PST: I've heard from several of you, stating that after yesterday's "400" error hiccups with the login server, you were able to login and begin using the app. If any of you out there still have trouble with this issue, please continue trying. We haven't stopped testing since yesterday and will keep you up to date. Please keep posting your feedback about the app here and remember to check the Microsoft Answers tech support forum if you have specific issues with the app's performance. We're listening on those channels, too! Thank you!
UPDATE 01/21 - 9:30 PM PST: I'm pleased to confirm that we have fixed the login issue ("400" error) and released an update to OneNote Mobile for iPhone. To download version 1.0.1, please read below.
UPDATE 01/26 - 11:30 AM PST: We've just released a free user's guide for the OneNote Mobile for iPhone app. Click here for more information!
UPDATE 02/03 - 12:00 PM PST: We've released an update to OneNote Mobile for iPhone. To download version 1.0.2, please read below. This update resolves login and sync issues that you may have encountered with version 1.0.1.
A free update to OneNote Mobile for iPhone version 1.0.2 is now available through the iTunes App Store. If you previously installed OneNote Mobile for iPhone version 1.0 (or the version 1.0.1 patch), simply tap the App Store icon on your iPhone and then tap Updates. When the new version appears in the Updates list, tap the OneNote icon, tap the UPDATE button, and then tap INSTALL to install the new version:
If you're seeing any remaining login or sync issues, please visit the Microsoft Answers forum for free technical support from the development team.
As you can tell from the comment thread below, we've received numerous inquiries from customers in other countries, asking why the iPhone app is currently only available in the United States. Please take a moment to review our new FAQ over on the Microsoft Answers forum to learn more about international plans for the OneNote Mobile for iPhone app. As previously mentioned, we really appreciate and continue to listen to all of your feedback, so please keep the conversation going. Thank you!
-- Michael C. Oldenburg
@jkohler: Please see my previous comment and the link to the forum post and workaround. Thanks for stopping by our blog!
Will we see a native mac osx version of One Note?
Thank you guys for your efforts, much appreciated! I'll always look forward to your continued improvements.
@youngjm: I'm afraid we don't have any other platform announcements to share at present. Thanks for your interest in a Mac OS version of OneNote. I'll pass your feedback on to the product team. Thanks for stopping by!
I love OneNote and would love to drop Evernote if you can add two features:
1 - Sync with SharePoint libraries
2 - Recording audio.
@Mark: Thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated. Thanks for your support! :)
@davidliv: Thanks for your feedback. The SharePoint request has been mentioned previously and I'll make sure to pass this on as another vote. And I'm totally with you on the audio recording, I'm personally hoping that this gets added in the next update of the app! ;) Thanks for using OneNote and reading my blog post.
@samandjt - It does not currently appear to work with ink. Where you have written ink into your notes you will see a tag of "[ink]" on the screen. This is better than what Microsoft's OneNote Web App shows - which is "[Unknown Object]". I too would like to see ink viewable/readable from the iPhone app, as well as the OneNote Web App. And ideally I'd like to see ink writing on at least the iPad.
I've tried the posted work around and I still get the "login failed, error 400" message. Any ideas?
@mattekman and others who previously posted about the "400" login error: We have confirmed the issue and I've added a "Troubleshooting Login Errors" section near the end of this blog post to keep you up to date. Please read this information and stay tuned for an update (no ETA at this time). Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience. The response to our app release today has been overwhelming to say the least! ;)
Hello, I want to be added also to the list of people asking One Note for Android. I am using One Note on the PC but having it synced with the mobile phone would significantly improve things. And put Microsoft in the android market :)
We NEED an iPad optimised version STAT !!!
Also, forget it on a jailbroken iPhone - the app won't even open !!
Another user deeply disappointed that this is restricted to the US store.
I've tweeted multiple times already THIS WEEK that I need a good notetaking app for iOS which can replicate the features of OneNote on my Apple devices. In fact, a few days ago I wondered if we'd ever see Microsoft bringing OneNote to the platform. I was so thrilled to see this announcement and then crushed when I saw it was US-only. Please share the love with the other 7bn people on the planet!
Why isn't this available in New Zealand?
@Michael: Thanks for the comment. Since I couldn't log in, I couldn't get to the Settings page and thus couldn't get to the Technical Support link. Fortunately, I got lucky and am now in. I can't see the OneNotes from my Live Group SkyDrives, I'll post a question over on Social Answers.