OneNote Software


 

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.

The solution has the ability to embed other Microsoft Office files into a note. They can then be easily edited by OneNote users. OneNote offers cloud-based storage and allows users to easily toggle between separate but synced up enterprise and personal accounts.

 

OneNote - Various note types
 
  • OneNote - Various note types
    Various note types
  • OneNote - New note
    New note
  • OneNote - Create to-do list
    Create to-do list
  • OneNote - Multiple devices
    Multiple devices
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Justin from Lancaster Bible College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2017

November 2017

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I love onenote! It has revolutionized my ability to collaborate with others and take personal notes for meetings or other work functions.

Pros

Incredibly easy collaboration for use across teams. A key feature here is the default setting that bolds all text added by other users, making it very easy to identify comments or additions made since your lost log in. Additionally, the hierarchy of notebook-sections-pages allows for categorization of large amounts of information. The ability to type or hand-write (if you have a touch device) really provides flexibility and a true alternative to written notebooks. You can also convert comments or ideas to to-do action items with check boxes. Finally, the ability to drag and drop files takes this notebook to the next level compared to similar products.

Cons

The primary con is consistency in syncing up notebooks between users. When I collaborate with others, i encounter sync issues occasionally. Any breakdowns typically occur the first time the onenote is opened, but once both users are able to access the notebook this issue seems to not be a problem.

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Kris from Boulay PLLP
Specialty: Accounting
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Everything in one place

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This is a great tool to help keep me organized. I can keep meeting notes, create folders for my different projects, and it’s accessible on my phone as well as my desktop.

Cons

I like to keep my to-do list in OneNote. I’d like my completed tasks to be hidden when I’m done. My work around is to create a copy of my to-do list every so often and on the new one delete the completed tasks.

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William from Lancaster Bible College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

MS OneNote becomes one place for all notes

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Microsoft has really made a gem with this product. OneNote has such a wide breadth of functionality that serves a number of areas of my life. Personally, OneNote is great for handwriting notes and keeping organized notebooks of ideas, projects, and future plans. Professionally, OneNote serves me in my office and in how I support instructors at my institution. We share notebooks of ideas, template our instructional design work, and design activities for teachers to deliver to their students. The synchronous use of the tool allows learners and teachers to work on documents together across devices and even across space as we deliver them in online courses.

Cons

The parity across the desktop app, the mobile app, and the web platform is not yet consistent. There are features available in each space that are useful but that do not work as well as in one of the others. Specifically, using the web platform has better response times on synchronous work: if I handwrite notes on the web platform, they will show up almost immediately on someone else's screen using the web platform. With the apps, there is a significant delay.

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Marianne from UCLA
Specialty: Healthcare
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

OneNote for the office

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Pros

Easily share notes within your team to keep everyone up to date. A good tool to use to order office supplies and keep track of what you have ordered within the office. Great for meetings too.

Cons

No major cons. A little difficult to navigate at first, but easy once you know the program. Also, not as compatible with MAC than with windows.

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Peyton from Hummingbird Ideas
Specialty: Advertising & PR
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Excellent for keeping notes and tracking action items

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As part of Microsoft’s suite of productivity tools, onenote blends well with the other components and serves as a more fluid alternative to the slightly more rigid Word. You can just hop in, add a new page and get to taking notes. It functions as a digital notebook of sorts and is perfect for someone who likes to take notes in work calls.

Cons

Onenote’s UX is still a bit wonky, even after a recent update, and it could be greatly improved, especially if the collaborative editing features were more real-time like Google’s.

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Alain from Atos
Specialty: IT Services
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2017

October 2017

I use OneNote some time to time even if not on a day to day basis

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I use OneNote to having miscellaneous sheets on one given subject : for example, comparing differents investments, and sorting the sheets according investments

Cons

OneNote is less pratical than Word, perhaps because I am more used to Word. For example, having several pages on 1 sheet becomes sometimes messy.

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Muhammed from Safar Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Useful note taking app

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If they had tag features it would be great.

Pros

It has many writing features unlike other note applications. It's interface is very simple to use and it's a cross-platform application. Hyperlink and drawing feature is very beneficial.

Cons

Loading isn't fast enough, the windows desktop application interface is very basic in terms of browsing through notes.

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Jeffrey from Baptist Health
Specialty: Industrial Design
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2017

October 2017

A great note taking tool, save the trees and use less paper.

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Pros

One Note is a great way to take notes and keep your information organized. As a project manager I have a multitude of meetings to keep track of and One Note is my go to tool. I can bring in pictures, drawings, PDFs into my notebook with ease. We have One Note integrated with SharePoint so I can easily share my notes with coworkers or stakeholders. Personally I also use One Note with the personal version of Office 365. I can access my notes from my work PC, home laptop, or even my iPhone.

Cons

Formatting documents can be tricky, sometimes I need to edit in word and copy those over rather than edit in Onenote.

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Zachary from Lightwise
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great tool for storage and retrieval of business process information

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Ease of use; ability to store information in a variety of formats; availability of clients for desktop, web, and mobile platforms.

Cons

Not as easy to set up sharing as I would like, but really no other significant negatives come to mind.

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Andy from Beech ConstructionServices
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great organization tool for any type of project

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I love the fact that no matter what type of project, from buying a new accounting software to filling positions within our company, OneNote allows me to organize all of my documents (pdfs, word docs, excel spreadsheets, etc) all in one place. OneNote also allows me to create bullet points, check lists, and even collaborate my work with others on the project. Best of all is the access I have from a variety of devices including my Apple Watch, MacBook, Windows based laptop, etc.

Cons

Within a tab it is often hard to make individual pages easy to understand that they are beneath/ under another page. Very rarely I have to step back and reevaluate my organizational strategy and have to reformat my "books" or tabs. By no means is that the end of the world. Just rarely can break my workflow and cost me an extra minute or two.

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Jay from Engineering
Specialty: Aerospace & Defense
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

September 2017

September 2017

I use OneNote to take and organize notes, record presentations, and take screen clippings.

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I like OneNote's ease of use. The program starts promptly. I can easily find the Screen Clipping icon.

Cons

Sometimes it is hard to navigate the folders and pages. I haven't been able to use the sync function. The files are hard to locate.

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Jacob from Robert Half
Specialty: IT Services
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

September 2017

September 2017

Use OneNote to capture all items relating to a project

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Pros

Acts like a virtual file cabinet - containing emails, documents, links, pictures, etc. that relate to whatever the subject matter is.

Cons

Sometimes confusing getting started and learning when/how to create a new notebook. With practice, this is no longer a con.

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Mitchell from JS Aim
Specialty: Financial Services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2017

August 2017

One Note is exactly what you need as a startup company

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Great for what it is intended for I suppose, but it seems like it could definitely use some upgraded software ability.

Pros

Comes with office 365 account, can share with your team, tabs and categories make it easy to organize

Cons

Doesn't handle upgraded Crm tasks, no help with reminders or pipelines for leads, sometimes it takes a little while to load your notes

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Joshua from Wayne Brothers inc.
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Great product and very handy!

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I have been using OneNote for 4 years now. I absolutely love this software! It is very handy to take my iPad into meetings and make notes in the OneNote app and know that they will be waiting for me on my computer thanks to the cloud note sharing. The desktop, iPad, and iPhone apps work very well together. I have used this and other note taking software and this is by far my favorite.

Pros

Easy to use and great cloud sharing capabilities.

Cons

So far i have not found any downside to using OneNote.

 
 

Craig from Dell
Specialty: High Tech
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2017

March 2017

Great multi-user collaboration w/ a few glitches

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I use OneNote almost every day at work, and it's our master repository for tracking processes or issues we faced. It's great when it works, but it can be very limited in some capacities.

Pros

Multi-user collaboration, along w/ the ability to organize through tabs and sub-tabs.

Cons

It's very inflexible when I want to drop multiple text boxes and images near each other. I need more sensitivity to move around text boxes. Also, I often get syncing issues across devices, and it has to create tab copies to save my data.

 
 

Efrat from Dell
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2017

March 2017

Super easy

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This app is super easy to use.
It launches very quickly as well as operates quickly.
I especially love the fact I don't need to save my work! It;s saved automatically.

 
 

Kate from Leading Authorities, Inc.
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Pretty Good

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One Note has definitely taken our team collaboration up a notch. Better for sharing reports and analytics, taking notes and making them available across the team.

Wish there was some built in calendar functionality as well as an option to share large files, photos, videos etc. Have also found it difficult to collaborate outside my org. But would like the option to add third parties to projects for a more seamless team experience.

For the price, it has some decent options and features.

Pros

Being able to catalog and share notes among my team

Cons

No real file sharing, some things don't dump in very smoothly.

 
 

Scott from Praeclarus Press
Specialty: Other

September 2016

September 2016

Great way to keep track of your todo lists and smaller office projects

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Likes Best

Use it for a small publishing company. OneNote allows me to share my production schedule with the nessesary parties as i move a book this it's steps. It is very easy to manage, i can also run more than one book/projuect at a time and share with different copy editors, developmental editors, layout and design, marketing team.

Likes Least

if you are a first time user of OneNote don't expect the set up to be quick and easy The First Time. As you learn the system and the steps of setting a project up it will become easier just as it does with other programs. That was my biggest complaint, and an easy fix with some practice runs and projects.

Recommendations

Very good simple project managment system that is not expensive for your office if you are running PC and already have Office installed. Give it a try for sure as it is a great tool if you are budget concious as well.

 
 

Elian from Century Home Health, Inc.
Specialty: Healthcare

September 2016

September 2016

Great as a collaborative to do list

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We use this in office to manage collaborative to do lists. We have a separate one for each department. It's very easy for us to manage and get everything done. Very easy to comment and manage/set goals. Keeps us organized for all around office tasks.

Likes Least

It was a little difficult learning how to use the program and sometimes it's a little glitchy when syncing accounts/data. Some employees have reported issues logging in and connecting.

Recommendations

Good program to manage a collaborative to do list and set goals. Very clean and organized program.

 
 
 
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Jacob from PromptCloud
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

A note taking app with plenty of features, but not the best

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Pros

Onenote comes with a host of features, it's one of the best note taking and collaboration apps out there. The easy sharing feature comes handy.

Cons

The user interface itself is very clumsy and it's tough to find the most needed things at times. Another shortcoming is the lesser pool of users with Microsoft accounts, which makes it less useful as universal tool.

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Paul from Conejo Valley Kiwanis Foundation
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2017

October 2017

Easier than Evernote

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I started using Onenote in 2007, and used it for everything. Then, everyone began recommending Evernote and I jumped on the bandwagon, but years later I realized that I was only saving things in Evernote - not accessing the information, using my checklists, etc. This year I've switched back to using Onenote and haven't looked back.

It's at my fingertips with all of my devices, loads quickly, and everything is sorted in a way that makes logical sense to me.

I can capture things I've found from around the web with the webclipper tool (very similar to the way the webclipper works with Evernote)

I can even use the bookmarks tool to add personal notes, recommendations and then share with other entrepreneurs.

Cons

- sharing sections of a onenote doc with others often requires them to log in, even if it's just set to "view only"
- Moving items between Folders is difficult (moving to other sections inside a folder is easy)
- it doesn't integrate with as many other apps as Evernote

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Barton from Cintas
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

July 2017

July 2017

Onenote is the most flexible notetaking and retrieval program I have found. Its power is its lightning fast searches.

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The ability to separate subjects into separate notebook files. And that you can input data from your camera, voice dictation, typing and HANDWRITING!!!. When you enter a picture that contains text you can enable Onenote to make text searchable. I can write notes on top of our schematics to show changes to my colleges. Onedrive allows me to access my data from my phone and desktop without having to take an extra syncing step.

I have digitized our manuals and share them via web over our intranet. That is very handy.

Cons

This product is not configured well right out of the box. You will have to google tutorials on how this should be setup to get the most out of it. Good news is that this is a one time setup.

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Amokrane

June 2017

June 2017

The best solution for a student and surface pro user

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I use this on my Surface Pro 4 and it is wonderful. I can switch between the keyboard and the Surface Pen, I can convert handwritten notes into text, formulas into a LaTex-like font, import files and edit them with the pen, import Excel spreadsheets...

Pros

Easy to use, a lot of features, shortcuts, data imports, Tab organization, ability to record while you take notes

Cons

Bad recording quality

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Amos

September 2016

September 2016

Syncing made easy.

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It's been some time since I started out on One Drive. My main ambition behind it was the reason that my iPhone's 16 of limited space was quickly draining out and I knew that I would need a backup drive up in the cloud. I have always been interested with Microsoft so I gave One Drive the first chance. Now I just back up my data in the cloud and I no longer have to worry about keeping those treasuring photographs safe in my mobile, still need to carry the songs though. Their service is amazing. The cloud storage did not give me any trouble at any time, it is also safe to use as the data is encrypted and is unlikely to be theft from. The 7 GB initial storage was enough initially but as I moved forward, I bought the additional 50 GB for $25 which sort of is a good enough deal.

Pros

It is very easy to set up cloud storage and quite functional too.

Cons

So far, I haven't encountered any problem which would bug me.

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January 2016

January 2016

Almost awesome but not quite

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Onenote combined with other office products such as onedrive and 0365 groups can be useful for team note taking. It gets annoying when you want to try to draw pictures in the notes. some images can be added but to get to boxes and lines you need to open visio which while integrated is akward

Pros

Great for dumping notes as you go and finding and sharing

Cons

Limited options for organizing the details within a note

Review Source: GetApp
 

Mohammed from Social Positives
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2015

October 2015

One of the Best Note Taking App

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Microsoft OneNote and Evernote are two top-notch options for our all digital notebooks needs. If we compare OneNote with Evernote, the winner could be Evernote but OneNote's integration with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word is a great feature for business.

OneNote 2013 for Windows has a cool feature you won't find in Evernote that it lets you add new video recordings to notes.

Pros

OneNote gives you 15GB of free storage that's available at all times via Microsoft's OneDrive.

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Dave Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

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Barb Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

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Matthias Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

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Sourabh

March 2017

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Greg from GPT Group
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Yannick from OneSHIFT.org
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Greg from AppRiver
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

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Linda

February 2017

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KC from Umpqua Community Health Center
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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kunbi

January 2017

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André from Au Saut du Lit
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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Tom from Vigilant.IT
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

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Amber D. from Caterpillar Inc.
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

September 2016

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