Although the iPhone already has a built-in notetaking software in Notes, it’s really nothing more than a digital notebook to store whatever comes to mind, be it a list of shopping items, or something you wanted to be reminded of at a later time.
Given the inability of Notes to properly organize such random thoughts, those who have upgraded to iOS 4.2 (or higher) will be glad to know that Microsoft OneNote, a little-used but feature-laden app that allows people to jot down their notes and yes, effectively organize them in their own PCs and Windows Live online storage, is now available for a limited time for free.
Similar to an earlier mobile release for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft says that one great feature of OneNote is that it backs up “all tidbits of information and syncs them on Windows Live SkyDrive for access online, from a PC or on the phone.”
Describing it as “digital file cabinet,” Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group and admitted OneNote user himself says there is more to the app than just collect and organize notes and ideas, “it can also link to websites and pictures as well as capture handwriting, audio recordings and video clips.”
“From my PC, the easy-to-search format means any of these tidbits of information are always at hand,” he recently posted on the Microsoft Office blog at blogs.office.com. “Online or on my phone, my lists are always up to date and accessible for reference.”
Those of you who wish to try something more robust than the default Notes app (especially if you already rely on Windows Live SkyDrive to store your data online), be sure to grab OneNote for free and give it a test drive.
Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft OneNote, 3.9 MB – Free
**Free for a limited time**
Microsoft OneNote Mobile is the easy-to-use, powerful note-taking application for all of your ideas, brought to you by Microsoft Office. OneNote Mobile lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Sync your notes with free Windows Live online storage and access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser.
With OneNote Mobile, you can:
▪ Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
▪ Check To Do items off on the go
▪ Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
▪ Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
▪ Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone
▪ iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4.2 or higher
▪ A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile —use an existing one or let OneNote Mobile help you sign up
▪ Web functionality uses the free OneNote Web App available on Windows Live, which requires a supported web browser
▪ OneNote Mobile opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App
▪ Customizing section colors requires Microsoft OneNote 2010
Access your notes online at http://office.live.com.