January 18, 2011
You no longer need to carry a Windows Phone 7 device around to utilize OneNote while on the go, because Microsoft has just released an iPhone version of their popular and rather easy-to-use note-taking software. OneNote Mobile allows you to create, edit, and view notes and lists no matter where you are. You can include text, bullet points, checkboxes, and even photos in your notes to get your point across, and then have them synced with your Windows Live account for safe keeping or share them with friends, family, or coworkers. All of the syncing is done behind the scenes, but if you want to ensure everything went smoothly, you can check for errors or just manually sync your device via the Settings tab. Of course, you need to sign up for a free Windows Live account to even use the app, which you can do from the app itself. If you are a Hotmail user, all you have to do is link your account to the OneNote Web App. OneNote Mobile is able to open notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App. You can't, however, customize section colors without a retail version of Microsoft OneNote 2010, which is only available for Windows. Sorry Mac-heads. It also doesn't include a search function, so finding specific notes in a long list can be tedious. OneNote Mobile for iPhone is now available in the App Store for free, but only for a limited time. I have to say, this is a great way for Microsoft to introduce iOS and Mac users to their handy note-taking software as well as their web apps in general. Although, I doubt this means that the entire Office suite is on its way to the App Store anytime soon, but you never know.