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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
@macmaxbh: I realized my error after I had posted the reply to you. Sorry about that, I'm glad you kept trying. ;) Our product team is all over the Answers forums, so do check it out if you have any remaining issues. They're a good bunch and working diligently to handle the feedback on v1.0. Thanks also for posting a follow-up.
Congratulations! Love it so far and having no sync problems. Would like to see an iPad optimized version (and would pay for it) and am still hoping for an OSX version to go along with Office 2010
I definitely want to see an Android version of this once any issues with the iPhone version are sorted out.
@ Michael C. Oldenburg , any plans to release similar app for android.
( dint want to hijack the discussion )
Great app. Any plans to release an IPAD version that uses the IPAD screen size?
Excellent news! Can't wait to try it out. Any chance OneNote for Mac might be coming someday??? Then my digital life would be complete.
@samandjt - Current the iPhone version does not support ink just like the web app. Of course we are listening to people's feedback so please keep it coming. Thanks!
@aalupatti and others asking about an app for other platforms (Android, iPad, Mac OS, etc.): We do not have any announcements about any other platform support at this time, but we are always listening to your feedback, so please keep it coming!
Thanks also to everyone who's left positive feedback about the iPhone app so far. We really appreciate the phenomenal response!
I would love to be able to share a notebook with others and set user read/write permissions. This ability would turn OneNote into THE KillerNote app!
Wow - this is great news. I must admit I didn't see this coming!
As a long time user of OneNote I have over six years of notes from every meeting I have attended. I have recently bought an iPad and been very disappointed in the note taking apps available on the platform so this news could not come at a better time. Please hurry and release it on the UK app store - I need this app in my life :-)
It's also a great endorsement of the OneNote application as one of the first that Microsoft is moving to the Apple platform. Do you have any plans for an iPad version of the application?
Keep up the great work.
I just want to add my voice to the others about my extreme disappointment that this is not available in the UK. I can't imagine why this is a US-only release.
It's extremely frustrating for the vast majority of the planet when American-based global companies, not just Microsoft and Apple of course, insist on ignoring everyone outside of their national boundaries!
Disappointed about the USA only launch. It is a real shame. I bet by the time the U.K launch comes we'll have to pay for it!
No UK version?
I've registered to add my weight to the cause.
It's a global product-this version should be too.
Quite disappointed in the way this has been handled. It is things like this that make me, and my wallet, turn away from products. Global market people, GLOBAL.
As with so many others, I am disappointed about the USA only launch. It is a real shame. So much for being a "good neighbour" or "trusted ally" or ...
While the OneNote Application for iphone is a laudable move by Microsoft, I still can't congratualte them but criticize them with vitriolic comments.
Why should these App that is possibly from Heaven be availably only in the US? Other stores, like in the UK for instance cannot have this app? Does Microsoft wish to make the app available in other regions for a fee? Does Microsoft customers and fans reside only in the US? Other Regions are rubbish to Microsoft?
For the reasons above, I strongly criticize Microsoft. Damn them for this obvious bias and improper treatment!!!
For calling Microsoft customers in other Regions of the world, I hate them!!!!!
I will sell my Windows 7 HP Laptop on Ebay. I will shift over to MAC!! Damn Microsoft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!