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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
Michael- wow. well done. Congrats. From a use case standpoint I believe voice note functionality should be high on the list. It would be great to be able to open one note and leave a quick note. That would take about 5 seconds. Typing it in would take much longer- sometimes I don't have the time.
Very happy to see this app. I've been getting by with MobileNoter, but hoping that the OneNote app will provide a better experience. +1 for:
1) iPad version
2) Android version
3) viewing and creating ink
Awesome Job on this so far!! I've been using Onenote since 2004 and LOVE IT. Another of my tools that I use daily is my iPhone, so to have these two together is the best. Integration into SkyDrive was a very smart move as well. I love being able to get to my notes anywhere I'm at. Here are a few things I'd love to see in the next rev, and keep up the great work!
- Search capabilities
- Don't duplicate the Recently Viewed and Unfiled (Quick) note buttons on the bottom menu and the main screen. Add a search button at the bottom, leave Unfiled notes at the top
- Add the ability to reorganize the order of the home screen notebooks (similar to moving your phone / contact favorites up and down in a list)
- Add visibility for features that were added from the main app under the drawing tab
- Add ability to use hyperlinks embedded in notes
- Match colors of notebooks on the homescreen with their color in the main app
- Allow notes to be collapsed like they are in the main app
- Numbered lists
- Allow the ability in the settings section to move the location of "unfiled notes" to any section in main app. I'd love my unfiled notes to be the same in both locations (for those using GTD, having this act as one "inbox" is nice)
- Add some tag capabilities
- Ability to swipe your finger left or right to navigate between notes (left goes back, right goes forward in note order)
- Ability to resize note by two finger slide or double-tapping on screen (similar to Safari or other apps on iPhone)
From the F.A.Q.:
" 2. When will you release the application in <my country>?
We want to make sure everyone gets a great experience. The initial launch is US-only,
but we do expect to open other markets gradually. That way, we can give each market
the focus that we feel it deserves."
As responses to this question go, this is simply a weak whitewash/marketing spin type answer. It tells us nothing and give no good reason why it wasn't released outside the US. I can understand that there may be some regionalisation issues, particularly where alternate languages are required, but for the rest of the English-speaking world we're already pretty used to being forced to use US-English instead of British-(or whatever)-English.
If you can't give us a real answer can you try to give us a rough timeline for releases?
iPad +1 Android +1 I think with OneNote the iPad might be the device it should have been all along.
I tried to download the app from the german AppStore but it's only available for the US AppStore. Will it be available somehow in Germany soon? I'd love to install the app because of the sync with my SkyDrive. I believe that many people in Germany would love it as well. Did your investigations bring up some results about international use?
I've only just got into using onenote, after purchasing Office 2010, but am loving it. Already builting up a substantial collectio of notes.
So 2 things for me.
1. Bring it out in the UK and the rest of the world.
2. Let use sync with desktop onenotes in a similar way that other apps do using 'get from itunes with USB'.
Thanks so much for the app! A few observations / requests:
1. When I want to select all text (to cut/copy/paste), it only selects the text on that line and not all of the text in the note. Can that be changed?
2. Will there be an update to add the ability to reorder notes?
3. Will there be an update to change the colors of notebooks / notes?
Very cool app...My first impression is that it has only basic functionality. Areas for improvements: 1) Wifi sync with PC for more sensitive data that do not want to be stored in SkyDrive, 2) Password Protection, 3) Audio memo. Great effort - very easy to use as well.
A big thank you to all of you who've continued to leave comments and suggestions — we really appreciate all of your feedback. We are forwarding all suggestions for features and improvements to the development team and should there be any news about international availability or additional platform support in the future, we'll be sure to keep you posted on our blog.
If some of you still had login or sync issues with the previous v1.01 patch, please head on over to the U.S. iTunes App Store and grab the freshly-released version 1.0.2 update ( http://bit.ly/h5z2by ). This is a minor patch that fixes the issues that remained in the previous update. We'd love to hear your feedback about this release, so if you're seeing a resolution of your issues or finding something new, please leave us your feedback below.
Finally, just a reminder that we've published a User's Guide to document the features in OneNote Mobile for iPhone. Please visit http://bit.ly/eA53mB to download it for free.
Thanks again for all of your support and much-appreciated encouragement during our first foray into the iPhone world. :-) We appreciate all of your comments and will continue to listen to your suggestions!
1. is there a way to re-organize notes on the iphone?
2. why can't i navigate to a section or a notebook, create a new note/take a photo, and have that entry automatically stored in that section? it defeats the purpose of mobility to have to go to the web app afterward to move all the notes from the unfiled section
3. on the plus side, i really like taking photos notes with this app - faster workflow than using evernote
4. in general, i look forward to improvements in the mobile workflow - until then, i'm sticking with evernote & simplenote
I would really like to try OneNote on my iPhone, iPad. Any chance Microsoft will make it available outside the US. It is currently only available in the iTunes store in the US, and I am down under in Sydney, Australia.
I like the app so far. One small detail which is kind of irritating for me is the resolution though.I have a 4th gen ipod touch, and most of the app is optimized for the retina display, but some parts aren't. The binder holes at the side of the notes have jagged edges, the option icons in the notes(checklists, camera, bullets etc) are pixelly, as are the carrots/arrows at the right side of unopened notes. I think there might be more, but those are the ones I remember. Having most of the app high resolution and these small interface pieces low res is a jarring user experience. Not a huge issue, but definitely enough to make me notice.
This really needs to be developed for the Android platform. I realize you have a cost/return model to follow, but I think the Android market is large enough to cover that. I would gladly pay for such an app. I see you say you are forwarding platform requests to the development team, but are they reading them? Are they taking them seriously? Keep in mind that commentors to this blog will be a very small minority of people looking for this app to be developed and released. Probably for every one comment on this blog there are hundreds of users thinking the same thing.
App has HEAPS of potential. App needs the ability to turn sync off and manually sync (so it doesn't sync when not on wifi). Also sync is slow so maybe option of syncing to PC notebooks would be a great addition. But looks like this app will be better than the mobilenoter app I use.