About Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a digital note taking app that can be accessed via Android, Chrome, Windows, iOS and Mac devices. The solution is well-suited for individuals attending numerous meetings per week and working on multiple collaborative projects.

OneNote offers deep search functionality for all notes stored in its database. Users can also store and organize audio recordings that are in a searchable format and can be integrated with other Microsoft Office products.

OneNote allows users to take handwritten notes with the help of a stylus or fingertip and can also convert these notes to digital text. Important ideas or points can be highlighted by using various shapes and colors.

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September 2020

Jesús Noehi from Juaneda Servicios y Procedimientos, S.L.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2020

Taking notes made easy

Its been fairly good, for my line of work I have to create lots of user guides, and OneNote simplified a lot that task. Also, in meetings i take lots of notes and I can easily organize them.

Pros

I liked how taking notes with pictures, graphics and more has become a lot more easier since I started using OneNote, it has simplified a lot of my work when dealing with creating usage guides and such.

Cons

I havent been able to find a easy way to share data to another coworker. It would be awesome if it where possible that several people could edit at the same time.

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft OneNote

One Note its a lot easier to use for the task than word.

February 2020

Phil from Recourse Communications, Inc

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2020

OneNote for every note!

I use onenote for business meetings for note taking, tracking takeaways and sharing them with the whole team. We all have access to the same notes, same takeaways and can all add to the meeting notes. I also like to use it for keeping track of information I might come across that I want to follow up on at some point, putting my ideas down so I don't forget them. Clipping articles/webpages so I can refer back to it. Create to-do lists.

Pros

If you are working in the Microsoft eco system OneNote is a must. Taking notes and keeping track of information is simple since it is tied into every Office/O365 application; Sharepoint, Word, Outlook even when browsing the web. Can be used for note taking during business meetings, training/school, planning vacations, shopping list. Uses are limit less. Best of all you can do it from what ever device you have with you and your notes will be available to you everywhere.

Cons

Onenote is such a powerful tool that it can be overwhelming to get a grasp on all that it can do and how to best use it for your situation.

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft OneNote

Evernote is a very good application but living in the Microsoft Eco system OneNote was just a natural fit.

April 2021

Miguel from Miami Cancer Institute

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2021

Highly sophisticated note taking software with several functionalities

Microsoft OneNote is a very user friendly and easy to use platform with a variety of functionalities that make the process of taking notes much easier and allow you to collaborate with others as well. It is very efficient when taking fast paced notes and has a variety of tools to make the process as smooth as possible.

Pros

Mircrosoft Onenote is equipped with a variety of functionalities that go beyond note taking purposes. One of my favorite tools to use is the conversion of images to free text and editing the text. Also, it offers the conversion of audios and videos to free text and I find this to be extremely helpful when taking meetings notes in a conference or even for classroom purposes. Moreover, it provides a variety of tool to edit the text entered into the notes making it look more professional and detailed. Microsoft one note use varies depending on the desire function ,therefore, I highly recommend this software for office setting purposes.

Cons

The software's' storage space is very limited and therefore, I believe that it needs to be improve as well s enhancing the PC software version since it can be very slow most of the time. Importing/exporting catalogs messes up the format of the notes but it might be due to a malfunction on my side.

May 2020

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

May 2020

Many problems for a renowned product

I would give this a 3/5 star but considering how well-known and popular it is, then I can't give it more than a 2 star. It's ok. Note this is the windows Microsoft Windows 10 version which is not the same as the Office 365 Onenote 2016 ... let alone others. MS Whiteboard has issues but is much better overall.

Pros

Pros: Wide range of functionality. You can convert to different file types and insert files into it rather easily. It has great cloud support and is overall easy to access.

Cons

Cons: There is great support for onenote on the web, but at least 90% of the searches I've done to troubleshoot an issue or functionality apply to one type of Onenote and not another... for some reason. I've spent many hours troubleshooting options that don't exist for one type or another. Example: The ink-to-math is not present in this version. The ink-to-draw is not present in the office 365 version. Why? There is a view option of fitting what's been drawn to the page width which will also show up if printed to a .pdf. What's bad is that there is no option for displaying where the pages end. I saw a comment from a developer about this saying that it would be too difficult. But I know they could figure out a way to do that. There are so many option. Just have the length of each page increase if a user increases the width to the right. That could cause issues if the user wants the content displayed on certain pages. So, have the page separators actually splice the content shown and add whitespace if page width/length grows ... or shrink/grow content of pages accordingly like a picture. Or, when in "page view mode" like this, warm the user if they are trying to grow pages sizes ... or just have a fixed page size in this mode! My main issue: Why it is so glitchy with an epen. If I tap the screen it wants me to type - this happens a lot when I'm scrolling and not tapping also. The developers didn't input an option to make the pen the default and disable tap to keyboard.

February 2021

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

4.0

February 2021

Comprehensive Notebook Software in the Microsoft Ecosystem

All in all, I've had a positive experience with OneNote. It allows me a place to store work-related notes to keep different aspects of my work/life balance in check. The overall functionality from a powerhouse like Microsoft also means that it is a well-built piece of software that will be supported for years to come.

Pros

OneNote does a great job providing a cloud-based notebook for tracking projects, keeping notes on meetings, or providing an overall one-stop shop for data that may be needed on a moment's notice. As a component within the Microsoft ecosystem, it also gives a plethora of benefits when using with other Office products, such as OneDrive. Has a fair amount of customization that can be utilized to tailor the product to your purpose.

Cons

I always wish that note-taking apps that I use could have a less flashy, more subdued interface that could be kept open in the background. I find that my best experiences with note-taking apps occur when it is out-of-sight, out-of-mind until I need it to be. At that point, I need to be able to click once or twice to start typing. OneNote isn't quite at that point (at least, not in my current experience), but that's such a minor con to worry about.

September 2020

Prabhu from cognizant

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2020

Place to organize official notes

My organization partnered with Microsoft. I have got access to Onenote application via my official outlook ID. I am using this application to track my day-to-day activity, Save important points to speaking in status calls ,Tracking my skill growth and also I am using this as a mini agile for my project activity.

Pros

1. I love this various colours indicators for each tab it helps me to priorities. 2. We able to view notes in a horizontal structure. 3. 7 step hierarchy organization for each note. 4. It didn't use much in drawing and assistance features, but it is also cool.

Cons

I didn't feel any major cons in this application. But still they need to improve their web add-on feature.

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft OneNote

Personal use for simplicity and many useful web addons.

November 2020

Sam from Itechra Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2020

OneNote Review

OneDrive sets the bar for easy simple productive note taking.

Pros

OneNote is one of the easiest most scalable note taking applications available in the industry today.

Cons

There is really few cons to using OneNote. Sometimes the interface can be a little difficult to format on the page.

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft OneNote

OneNote was just the given tool for our system, as we use Microsoft suite

January 2021

Nick from KPMG

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

January 2021

Consolidated Stickynotes

Really useful and intuitive - much more organized than relying on the Sticky Note application.

Pros

I like the ease of organizing different notes across different projects or dates.

Cons

Sometimes I can lose track of where a particular note is if I have many in the same note directory.

June 2020

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

June 2020

The best note taker

Pros

I love the fact that as I type in my notes the application automatically saves what I have typed. I do not need to worry about tapping a save button and this save me lots of time. Also, if you link your Microsoft account, content is automatically backed up to the cloud and this is a huge plus.

Cons

I think an export feature should be added to the app to allow greater flexibility

December 2020

Faisal from Clean Tech Hub

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Renewables & Environment

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2020

Useful Software

In all, OneNote is a perfect note taking software.

Pros

For me, OneNote is easy to use and works on my various devices. It also lets me access my notes from any of my devices

Cons

I do not have anything against the software. OneNote works perfectly for me. It works as advertised.

March 2019

Mohd from Toronto Real Estate Board

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Real Estate

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

A centralized location for all your notes

Currently, I used OneNote to organized my meeting's notes and to attach them into an email so it's easy for me to send it to my colleagues. This is sometimes very useful when you are in hurry and wanted to inform what are the points were discussed in the meeting. Secondly, it is also very convenient to use it on all the platforms whether I wanna use it on my phone or my computer. I am exploring more ways as this is a powerful tool and has very few limitations which make it value for money.

Pros

it gives you the ability to create your notes as you create on a physical notebook, moreover, this notebook can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. The most unique part of OneNote is you can add multimedia and create your documents as much presentable as want. These documents can also be shared with others like your friends or colleagues, it would make this software as a one-stop solution for most of the writing and editing of your notes. I used many older versions of OneNote and then after upgrading to new versions of OneNote I came to know that your older note will not get erased. you can also use OneNote app for your smartphones which makes easier to modify your changes or to view any documents on the go.

Cons

One thing I would ever want in OneNote is the integration between various platforms, Currently, Onenote allows you to create notes or documents to share it with only OneNote users, whereas if I want to share it with Evernote users it will not give me an option for that. Moreover, I can not even import Evernote's documents notes into OneNote or vice versa. There are other ways through which you can do it but for that one has to download a migration tool. The security is also one of the issues which I always take into consideration when creating any personal note where I wanted it to be encrypted with a password. There should be some ways into OneNote where you can have a personal space which can be used for those secure documents.

December 2020

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

December 2020

Shareable Note Taking App for Organization and Productivity!

This application has improved my productivity and efficiency significantly. I use this in my personal and professional work environments. I also have the application on my phone which is so handy. Most note taking apps are not as organized as this is. I have also found OneNote to offer the most features in terms of annotates, sharing, and adding other forms of media to notes. I will be using OneNote for the rest of my career I believe.

Pros

The most impactful features are the sharing capabilities with your team. It allows you to share and edit notes with anyone. They can make real time edits on your note and it's extremely effective at building team communication and collaboration. I also value the incredible organizational structure of notebooks, sections, and pages. I am able to keep everything separated and it's very easy to use. You can also insert audio clips, drawings, PDF printouts, and more!

Cons

Some PDF's are too large to insert as a printout document, so I would really appreciate the developers allowing larger files to be inserted as a PDF printout. That is really my only concern.

November 2020

Zankhana from Bank of America

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Banking

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2020

Awesome resource for Notes

Overall OneNote is awesome tool and I am fan of it . I use daily in my job. Easy to use and important thing for me is i can access my all notes from one place , I do not have to search in different folders.

Pros

OneNote is an excellent tool for having all your notes ,ideas at one place. It's very oraganized. You can put web link , picture , file shortcuts, charts etc in your note and access from one place. You can prepare your notes as searchable. Also, you can sync with web version and share particular part of notes with particular person. As a production support analyst ,I am using OneNote daily basis to male notes of different issue . So later when i have similar kind of issues I can refer it from one place. In short, it ' s very handy tools. You can access your all different notes from one place. I love this OneNote

Cons

There is nothing specific actually. It's delivers everything as per my need on daily basis. May it can be improved little cost wise.

February 2019

David from Raytheon

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Aviation & Aerospace

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

2.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2019

Great product for enterprise and ok for home use

Pros

OneNote is a great enterprise tool that has pretty much any feature/function you would want, from tagging, links, both internal and external, embedded tables, video and so much more.

Cons

For home use you can't, for example, import any older OneNote notebooks and it's primary use is connecting it to OneDrive, especially when using with any mobile device. This somewhat limits it's use, though I may be a bit jaded having used it extensively at work. I tried it for home and it works well enough, but the limitations just bugged me to the point where I switched to something else. I didn't like putting my information onto a cloud server.

March 2019

Michael from Triple-I

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

March 2019

OneNote makes sharing information easy!

It's been great. I use it on my tablet, mobile device, desktop, and use it for the prime communication tool for my team.

Pros

OneNote is a great tool to have with the entire MS product suite. It offers quick access to notes that the entire team can share, edit, modify and alert when updates are made. This has made our process of updated requirements and sharing new priorities a seamless process.

Cons

As mentioned, anyone can edit. We've had issues with people not following documentation standards within MS OneNote, which causes confusion - but that is more of a user error than anything that OneNote is doing.

May 2019

Marco from ehf027 srls

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Marketing and Advertising

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2019

Very user friendly

It is easy to use on many devices, Pc, laptop, Smartphone and tablet, syncro all the notes among them

Pros

The possibility to format what you write in all possible ways, also highlighting notes

Cons

There is really nothing missing to my opinion in OneNote, it is full of features for taking notes. Maybe also a feature for remembering things to do with notifications or alarm would be useful, but actually it is a software for taking notes, not a ToDo

March 2019

Anthony from Concentric Corporation

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Telecommunications

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

Great resource for collaborative note taking.

We have had a great experience with OneNote so far and I would recommend it to everyone. You can set up multiple accounts and I would suggest having accounts for work and personal. Depending on the size of the company you could possibly even different divisions within your company.

Pros

Microsoft OneNote is great for organizing all your team notes in one place. The structure is very intuitive, it's easy to share access to different Notebooks with different teams, and quickly searchable. Great for Project!

Cons

I don't really have anything I dislike. This has been a solid organization tool for our team projects.

March 2019

Meg from Freedom Foundation

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Non-Profit Organization Management

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

OneNote helps me to stay organized

I recommend using OneNote to keep project notes and documents categorized and organized.

Pros

Great for getting files organized. It is like an online binder with labeled tabs and headings. I have used it for compiling my personal tax information as well as for work-related major event planning. It is useful place to store all the catering orders, AV agreements, hotel contracts, speaker details and contracts. I like that you can include pdfs, word documents, notes, etc,- information contained in different formats, within the same notebook.

Cons

I use OneNote for personal and business use but had difficulty sharing and transferring files and notes from within the application. It makes me reluctant to recommend using it for project collaboration.

March 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2018

Always on my desktop

Pros

This tool has become a staple for my daily routine. It helps me keep track of meeting notes during the day and is great to go back and revisit past notes. There are many powerful features that I have yet to dive into. Cross platform functionality is also great!

Cons

There are many other products similar to this on the market. Evernote for example is really great and comes up with many new and exciting features every year. OneNote might be too boring and bland for some, although the basic features works for me.

March 2019

Sundeep from WaveMaker, Inc.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

Notes if you are using Windows.

Pros

This is probably one of those tools which I would not complain about in regards to pricing. You will get OneNote with Windows and it works. It is very easy to set up and work with. This is the notes tool to use if you are using Windows.

Cons

OneNote works and there are no negatives about this.