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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
There definitely needs to be a way to search your notes on the mobile version.
It seems that tables are not viewable on the phone. After creating a table online I only see [table] listed on the page in the mobile version.
How do you file an Unfiled note from the phone?
I agree with others on here; hands down Microsoft, well done for creating what looks to be an excellent and well designed app. However, it would be great to know that for myself. Living in the UK I am confined to simply reading about the app and how good it is. Why wasn't it released to your global audience? I can only wait patiently till Microsoft decide to release it over on the other side of the pond too, and I really hope they do!
Is this universal? E.g. is it written to make use of the greater iPad screen estate?
Regards, Julian Knight
When will the iphone app be able to see ink from my tablet? All my notes for school are handwritten in Onenote. It would be really awesome to be able to review my handwritten notes directly on the iphone.
I can't install OneNote for iPhone because I don't have US region iTunes ID and I am in Seoul, Korea.
Please let me install it...Thanks
excellent. It took me repeated pushes of the signin button to get it to work, but it eventually did. App works great, so far. Downloaded my Onenote notebooks from the Skydrive with no problem. iPhone 3G. ios 4.2.1 Carrier AT&T 9.0
I hope you leave this free or near free. It's a much better notetaker, from the little I've used so far, than other notetakers on the iPhone (have tried a few). It will be even better on an iPad.
It's probably a longshot to even ask, but I'm about to download Office 2011 for Mac, but I was really disappointed to see that OneNote was not part of the suite. Any chance we'll ever see this app available with an Office for Mac suite?
But I am still really excited that it is available for iPhone!
Sorry , why I can't download the apps in Hong Kong ?
I love OneNote I have used it for years but no app for Android has forced me to become a premium Evernote user. Please make an Android app!
I am very excited about this announcement. Love OneNote on my laptop, but had to use evernote as well to have mobile access to my notes. Hope to soon standardize on OneNote.
Would like to add my vote for:
1) Release of iPhone app in South African (international?) iTunes App Store
2) iPad optimized version
3) Viewing inked notes, or even better, creating inked notes from iPhone / iPad
Really disappointed that we can't get this in the UK :(
I think this just a great idea. Solves a lit of problems. Need it in Canada store please ..
Hello again everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the fix for the "400" login error issue that some of you experienced since the release of OneNote Mobile for iPhone is now available. Please see the end of this blog post for information about how to download the free version 1.0.1 update. Our sincere thanks to everyone who reported this issue to us and for your patience while we worked on a resolution.
Regarding the many questions about international availability of the app, please see the brief note at the end of this blog post. We've created a FAQ over on Microsoft Answers (link is in the article) to track and address all of these questions. Meanwhile, please keep the feedback and suggestions coming — we want to continue hearing from you!
A huge thanks to those of you who have already posted comments with specific suggestions for the app, and of course we love receiving kudos from all of you who think our first foray into the iPhone app world rocks. Thank you. ;-)