Microsoft has launched a free version of OneNote, the note-taking application that until now has been an optional paid-for component of MS Office. There's also a free version for the Mac too, and versions for both Android and iPad/iOS are also said to be close to launch.
This is clearly the start of Microsoft's battle for the online synchronised electronic notebook market which is currently led by players such as Evernote.
Unlike the paid-for version of OneNote, which still exists, the free version insists that you sign in with your Microsoft account (you'll need to create one if you don't have one). You can then sync your notes to your other computers that are also running OneNote, and also to the web-based interface known as OneNote Online.
Contrary to rumours, the free version of OneNote for Windows doesn't contain advertising, and is a perfectly usable application which lacks only a couple of the advanced features of the paid-for incarnation.
So if you've always wanted to try OneNote, now's your chance. The installer can be downloaded from www.onenote.com and requires Windows 7 or 8. It's a traditional desktop application rather than a new-style Metro program, thankfully.
Please rate this article: