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When we started OneNote we set out to revolutionize the way people capture, annotate, and recall all the ideas, thoughts, snippets and plans in their life. As many of you have attested, OneNote is the ultimate extension for your brain, but it’s not complete if it’s not instantly available everywhere. We’ve already made a lot of progress in that direction with our mobile, tablet and online web experiences. But there was still a gap. People frequently asked us for OneNote on Mac, and for more ways to capture content.


Today we’re excited to complete that story with three major developments:

  1. OneNote for Mac is available for the first time and for free. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync.
  2. OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version because we want everyone to be able to use it. Premium features are available to paid customers.
  3. The OneNote service now provides a cloud API enabling any application to connect to it. This makes it easier than ever to capture ideas, information and inspirations from more applications and more places straight into OneNote, including:
  • OneNote Clipper for saving web pages to OneNote
  • for emailing notes to OneNote
  • Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone
  • Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
  • Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat
  • Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
  • Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
  • Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks
  • Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT

Go to to get OneNote for free for your Mac, PC or other devices, and try out the new OneNote service connected experiences.

OneNote for Mac


Mac users have made it loud and clear that you want the first class note-taking experience of OneNote on your Macs. Actually… really, really clear. We got LOTS of direct mails, forum posts, and tweets like these:

  • “Now, @msonenote needs to release the OS X version of OneNote and my life will be complete :)”
  • “Dear Microsoft – the new web OneNote is nice. A native Mac version would be better. By this afternoon please, I have work to do.”
  • “I own a Mac and I LOVE OneNote so for me having OneNote on my Mac would just rock my world.”
  • “I desperately want OneNote on my new Mac… I use OneNote on VMware Fusion… There is nothing remotely like it for Mac… I have just spent a week looking for anything that comes close.”

Okay, we got the message. Rocking worlds and making lives complete is a pretty high bar, and we’re sorry we missed your afternoon deadline, but we’ve been working away, and we’re excited to bring it to you today. And if you’re a Mac user who didn’t already know about OneNote, check out Introducing OneNote for Mac or just get started now by downloading OneNote for Mac from the Mac App Store to see what your fellow Mac users are so excited about.

OneNote 2013 for Windows is now available FREE


People love OneNote 2013 on Windows. We want this awesome experience to be available to anybody, so we’ve created a free version! It’s designed for personal and school use, it’s totally ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because it’s not just a trial. For Office 365 and Office 2013 customers, we have premium features like SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and so on, but all the core OneNote application capabilities are available in the free version.

Everything you create in the free PC and Mac clients are synced to OneDrive, so you can access them from your phone and tablet too. Your Microsoft Account gives you 7GB of free storage with no monthly upload limit, so there’s plenty of room for everything you want to remember.

If you have an older version of OneNote or haven’t yet had a chance to use OneNote on your PC, get OneNote 2013 today at

OneNote service: Bringing OneNote to the apps you care about

OneNote is more than just syncing your content across all your devices. It’s now a hub for the applications and experiences you care about. By making it easy to send anything from any application to OneNote, it’s one more step towards becoming your digital memory. We’ve built some new experiences for this and we’ve worked with a bunch of partners to integrate it with their applications as well.

OneNote Clipper: The new OneNote Clipper lets you capture any web page in one click. The page is automatically put in your OneNote Quick Notes. It is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Mac Safari.

Send email to OneNote: Send a mail to and we’ll save it into your OneNote Quick Notes. Forward a receipt from your inbox or send a web link from your phone to

Office Lens: Office Lens is a Windows Phone app that’s like having a scanner in your pocket. Take a picture of a whiteboard, document, business card, or anything. Office Lens will enhance the image and put it into your OneNote Quick Notes. We’ll recognize the text so you can search for your scans.

Partner apps and devices: We want to make it easy to remember things from anywhere, not just Microsoft apps. So we’ve been working with several key partners to let you do that. You can use these great apps and devices to get anything into OneNote today: Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, Feedly, Genius Scan, IFTTT, JotNot, Livescribe, Mod Notebook, News360 and Weave. Check them all out at

We also have several more exciting partner experiences coming soon including Neat. If you’d like to make your app, device or service work with OneNote, visit our developer portal at or check out the OneNote Dev Blog.

Learn more, ask questions

Along with these exciting releases we have some great free events this week.

  • OneNote for Mac 15-minute Webinar: Join Doug Thomas online to learn why OneNote rocks, how to use OneNote for Mac and have some fun. There will be Q&A with the team as well. You can join us for the OneNote for Mac Webinar on March 18 at 9:00am PST or you can watch the recording afterwards.
  • OneNote Twitter Q&A with Joe Block: We will be asking Joe Block, play-by-play broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, about the upcoming baseball season, March Madness, and how he uses OneNote to track it all. To join us on Twitter follow @msonenote or @joe_block. The Q&A will start on March 18 at 9:30am PST.
  • OneNote reddit IAMA: If you still have questions for the OneNote team about OneNote, today’s announcements, our favorite color or anything at all – this is for you. Head on over to reddit on March 19 at 9:00am PST and ask the OneNote team anything!

It’s going to just keep getting better

Today is a huge step forward for OneNote. We’ve made it easier to use OneNote no matter what platform you’re on, and easier than ever to send anything into OneNote. But we’re not stopping here. We’re continually improving OneNote across our applications and service, and working with partners so you can take note of anything and keep it in your digital memory.

Go to to get OneNote on all your devices and let us know what you think.

– David Rasmussen, Partner Group Program Manager (on behalf of the whole OneNote team who worked hard to bring you this)


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  1. That’s really cool! Especially cloud API leading to integration with services like IFTTT and Zapier.
    Would be really great if it were possible to choose/change the default notebook and section!

  2. Keep up the excellent work OneNote team. This product keeps getting better and better.

  3. Please add support for SharePoint notebooks in Mac OneNote.

    I’m so happy that this great app is on the Mac now, but anyone who uses this for work should probably be aware that there is no way to keep your private company data off of Microsoft’s servers on the Mac version of OneNote.

    OneNote is clearly the best note taking and organizational tool on the market (I’ve been a huge fan for years) but I can’t use it until you let me access notebooks on our corporate SharePoint servers so our sensitive company data is secure from our competition (in this case, Microsoft).

    • This. 1000x this. We need to be able to open both Sharepoint on premises and file share based notebooks. The OneDrive/O365 restriction is a bit ridiculous.

    • Thanks for the feedback folks! This first version of OneNote for Mac is consumer focused. However we hear the Office 365 and SharePoint support request loud and clear. We are working on it for a future version. Stay tuned and please keep the feedback coming.

      • I think you are missing the point. People don’t want to trust their data to someone else, not the cloud, not some IT worker and not the NSA. Evernote supports encryption. It isn’t about consumer vs. enterprise. It is about data protection. OneNote doesn’t support data protection and Evernote does – albeit imperfectly.

        • If Evernote encrypted the entire notebook, instead of just text in the note it would be better. As far as OneNote goes, one can password protect entire sections of a notebook, up to all of the sections in it for full security. The main problem with password protecting sections is that they cannot be opened up currently on any of the mobile OneNote versions. Which is one of the things I would like to see done next now that OneNote is no longer the ugly step child of the Office family. Of course the password protection is only as good as its implementation in OneNote, so hopefully if any vulnerabilities come to light Microsoft is paying attention and is quick to fix them, and this goes for encryption used in all of the other Office products as well, otherwise efforts to make Office a mobile go to solution for businesses will be for naught.

          • How do you even password protect sections? I didn’t find it on the new Mac version.

      • Adding support for OneNote Notebooks with on premise SharePoint and Office 365 SharePoint would be extremely beneficial! OneNote Notebooks for work are stored in Office 365 SharePoint or in OneDrive for Business and OneNote Notebooks for personal use are stored in my personal OneDrive. I do hope that this feature is added to a release in the near future. Microsoft’s product development for non Windows platforms tend to take an extremely long, e.g. spanning multiple years.

      • @ Nicole_fromOneNote

        OneNote was one of the best app I have found for taking notes when I was still using PC and it took me ages to find replacement after moving to Mac. Still have not found it app with the same functionality as OneNote 2013 for Windows. Saying still I mean still.

        Current OneNote for Mac is good but could be better, its about 3-5 years to late, but won’t complain (too much about it) and it still can be one of the best app for its purpose, but ….
        – cloud ? having cloud and sync over various devices is nice, but only cloud? No way. I want to have an option to keep copy of my files on my encrypted drive. I do not care and trust any company about keeping my files. Security is one thing, legal requirements is other, 3rd one – what if provider will have storage failure and you will loose all data? At least if I won’t make a backup it’s my fault.
        – cannot keep files / backup on own hard drive (at least cannot see the option)
        – cannot create new notebooks when offline
        – need to log on to Microsoft / cloud to use app
        – cannot open files created in older Microsoft OneNote 2013 (file format *.one), tried to upload it to cloud as test (using it that way is not an option for me) does not work
        – have not checked it but can I open notes created in OneNote for Mac in OneNote 2013 Windows?

        Direction is great and I hope there will be offline version for OneNote for Mac for which I am still willing to pay (for app, one time fee not monthly subscription). Not paying for app does not mean that it is free, look in longer term 3-5 years.

        I wish all the best to OneNote for Mac team and hope they will make the app better and return OneNote 2013 functionality, right now its nice competitions for apps like EverNote, but to be honest Microsoft can get some EverNote users, but do you think they will pay for cloud service? There is 5-7 GB free so for notes is more then enough. Unless there is bigger plan in longer time…

        Still waiting for Microsoft Visio for Mac and I do not want to even imagine cloud version of it. Storing customer confidential network diagrams in the cloud ???

      • Nicole, I think people also want to create the notebooks “locally”, just like the Windows version. In other words, in .one file extension format. That way they have the option, just like in Office 2013 version, to store in OneDrive -OR- a hard drive or network drive.

  4. Maybe next will be handwriting support on the Android and iOS version of OneNote?

  5. A few questions:

    1. Office Lens, is it coming for other mobile platforms like iOS and Android?
    2. Will you port your awesome handwriting technology from Windows to the mobile platforms?

  6. What are the premium features that will be paid options? Will those require an Office 365 subscription?

  7. OneNote on a Mac, but without everything that makes OneNote the best notetaking software. Come on guys lets get a decent version soon that will allow us to: insert files, print to onenote, record voice etc etc.
    I have to stay with Evernote until then, please improve the MAC version

    • Diito. Got to have embed files and a better way to file emails from outlook on MAC.

  8. @damorrison

    Looking through the post on the Mac version, that feature was not included. So that makes my other comment even more relevant, if there is no protection of data in OneNote businesses will not be quick to adopt, nor even just regular users. Speaking of which, I do not know if they included password protection in the free Windows version either, since I use the “paid” version in the Office suite.

  9. Blogs.Office.Com? What happened to SSO using your MicrosoftId? Nice work Microsoft. After that, OneNote for Mac doesn’t even let you attach a file. The isn’t functioning either. Back to Evernote.

  10. Hi Microsoft. It’s great that you are releasing this product. Just wanted to express how useful this product was back when I was in school. I did want to add some feedback. Is it possible for a version of OneNote to exist that does not require a Microsoft Account? The Windows version has always had this capability so I hope this eventually makes it over – the ability to use OneNote offline.

    Also would like to show support for OneNote for use in SharePoint in the enterprise. Was disappointed to hear this didn’t make it, but I understand v1.0 can’t have all the features.

    Lastly, I hope the release of OneNote for Mac means other Mac products are coming soon. Been waiting for OneDrive for Business for some time now. Our company has already started paying for DropBox because no one working on Macs in our environment can use OneDrive for Business (short of using the website which is completely unacceptable). OneDrive for Business needs to exist across all platforms the same as OneDrive does. I hope in the future they just become one product that can tell based on the user ID whether its a consumer or business account.

  11. Is it possible to use OneNote features (scan with OfficeLens and mail with with OneDrive for Business? If yes where can I find settings for changing default saves from OneDrive (personal) to OneDrive for Business?

  12. As OneNote for iOs and Android was already able to connect to sharepoint servers, but seems to have lost this ability during the latest update cycle I very much doubt a technical reason.
    Please readd the feature asap at least for “small devices”. If it is a marketing thing requiring the user to buy a pro license so be it. But dropping a functionality without prior announcement really is bad taste,
    PS: Please accept my apologies for this rant, but we are using OneNote for e-portfolios hosted on our Office365 tenant and losing available services without notification is a big issue for IT, teaching staff and students!

    • sorry, just realized, that connecting to sharepoint from small devices is again possible if you start with a live account and add sharepoint later …

  13. Now that you are giving away all the OneNote clients, it would seem that there is no longer any reason to cripple OneNote Online by not providing a global search capability. Today you can’t search more than the current page. For the service to be at all useful we need at least the ability to search the entire current notebook. Is real search on the product timeline somewhere? Without search, OneNote online is of little use to anyone with more than a handful of notes.

  14. Will you be adding Office 365 account first sign in support anytime soon? It seems crazy to me that you first have to login using a Microsoft account before you can add an Office 365 account.

  15. “Today is a huge step forward for OneNote. We’ve made it easier to use OneNote no matter what platform you’re on, and easier than ever to send anything into OneNote. ”

    I do not see the Linux platform mentioned.
    Have I missed something?

  16. I’m trying to figure out how to print my notes from ONENOTE on mac. I’ve searched ever menu option, I googled it. There is suppose to be a print icon under the View Tab. Is this one of the “premium” features that one must pay for in order to access?

  17. If there was one application, that I missed after I moved to Mac, it would have been OneNote, as I used it on Windows. So I was very happy, that OneNote for Mac was announced. I just did a test and found out the following (for me):

    – Drag & Drop of pictures does not work – hey we are no longer in the 90´s – this should be standard
    – OCR does not work on Mac, so I cannot search for the text within pictures. With Evernote (I have a premium account) it does work well and I use it reguarly. I have seen, that it also works on OneNote for Windows, so it would be good, if we can have this on Mac too.
    – Text formatting is much better than Evernote
    – It would also be nice, if we could have sync with a private cloud / sharepoint or can at least do a personal book on the local drive

    From my perspective, it is a nice first try and hopefully MS invests in adding some features in order to have a more complete OneNote on Mac. I will wait for it and continue to use Evernote meanwhile …

  18. Does “designed for personal and school use” mean “limited to personal and school use (non commercial-use)” ?
    Can I use OneNote free for work (business/commercial-use) ?

    • Hi kyama-

      The free edition of OneNote is limited to notebooks stored on OneDrive only. For business use, we recommend an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 includes access to the full functionality of OneNote as well as the rest of the Office apps, plus plenty of space to securely store and share your notebooks on OneDrive for Business.

      • How about License Terms ?

        License Terms of OneNote for Mac/iOS are very clear in Apple Store. It said that “You may install and use one copy of the software on Mac products/an iOS-based device that you own or control for non-commercial purposes.” For iOS License Terms is redirected to –>

        License Terms of OneNote 2013 Free for Windows seems the same as License Terms of Office 2013 retail products. I think that there is no limitation in a use, but I am not clear.

        License Terms of OneNote for Android phones is not clear too. However, there is no description of non-commercial use rights to install and use App in Google Play Store.

        • Hi kyama-

          The free edition of OneNote is considered home and student software. The license terms can be found in the OneNote free edition by clicking File, Account, clicking the About OneNote button, and clicking the link titled View the Microsoft Software License Terms.

          • I understand. The place on which I should agree is “LIMITED RIGHTS VERSIONS > HOME AND STUDENT SOFTWARE”.

  19. I was excited when I saw this but was quickly disappointed. OneNote is useless to me until I can access local .one files and sharepoint/network onenote files on our corporate intranet. I’ve been using Onenote for 8 years and have a lot of notebooks already created. In addition, it is against corporate policy to upload private company content to the cloud so I can’t currently use OneNote for Mac at all. This makes me sad because OneNote is one of my favorite programs and was really looking forward to using it on Mac. Please enable us to open and use local and network onenote notebooks without uploading them to the microsoft cloud. Thank you.

  20. We have used OneNote as a powerful tool in school – a great tool for staff to quickly and easily make resources and links available to students. Was overjoyed to find OneNote finally available on the Macs – but then devastated to find that it could not access our Sharepoint based Onenote notebooks for students. – back to PCs for us. (especially frustrating knowing that the iPad OneNote app can access our Sharepoint notebooks).

    PLEASE let Mac OneNote connect to sharepoint.

  21. I was under the impression One Note 2013 non-commercial had three licensed devices when I purchased, I tried to activate a second license and the telephone service denied saying it was only for one.

    The free version is hobbled by network limitations and pushes you on-to the cloud service

    Overall I am not happy at this hassle, I only have two devices and have just replace a machine, and now I cannot even find the license terms for the non-commercial license which is rediculous

  22. Hi Devs,

    Congratulations on bringing the Mac version to life. I and many other colleageus want to embrace OneNote however due to your forced cloud sync I cannot use this for work use cases. Security and data policies stop me from saving company information on your cloud offering. I know everyone is chasing cloud revenue as it is pivotal to most large software company strategies but this should not be at the expense of your user base.

    Please enable local save!

  23. Finally! I converted to a MAC environment a year ago and I have been missing what I believe to be the best Note app around. Note to developers, bring back the sidebar to display notebooks or just give us an option to have it at the top or on the side.

    It’s a happy day!

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