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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been using OneNote for 10 years.
OneNote is very near and dear to my heart. My first commercially released piece of software was a PowerToy that I wrote for OneNote that would scan an RSS feed and create a set of OneNote pages based on each post. I loved the kinds of things I could do with OneNote as an end user, and the power it offered me as a hobbyist developer.
I’ve had the pleasure of developing a deep relationship with the OneNote team over those 10 years, and during my time working on OneDrive we’ve delivered a number of innovative capabilities that allow you to create and access your OneNote notebooks anywhere, including your phones and tablets. This is all possible because the OneNote notebooks are stored on and roamed through OneDrive.
Today I’m thrilled to share that the OneNote team is taking it to the next level through a set of new apps, a new service, and all for free.
First, OneNote is now available for the Mac for free. If you have a Mac, go and get it! If you don’t have a Mac, this means that you can now share notebooks with your friends that have Macs.
Second, OneNote for Windows desktop is now free.
Third, a new OneNote service powers a bunch of awesome, new scenarios:
1. A web clipper for saving web pages to your OneNote notebook
2. for emailing notes to your OneNote notebook
3. Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your phone
4. Send blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly and News360
5. Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, Neat
6. Write notes with pen and paper and send them to OneNote with Livescribe
7. Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
8. Connect your world to OneNote with IFTTT
From my POV, this is the biggest OneNote news to hit in the last decade! There is a bunch of new stuff to play with and try.
I do a lot of clipping stuff from the web, and the new OneNote Clipper will make this super easy. I frequently email stuff to myself to remember, and now I can just send straight to my OneNote notebook! I love Feedly and am constantly saving articles to read and share with my team. Now I can just save to OneNote. I love my Doxie scanner (I have the Doxie flip that I use to scan artwork my daughter brings home from school). If you don’t have a Doxie scanner you should! And IFTTT is one of my favorite services, so having OneNote as a channel is going to open up a bunch of new possibilities.
Head on over to and the Office Blog to learn more and check it all out!
— Omar Shahine
Group Program Manager,

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