Microsoft OneNote does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial. Microsoft OneNote paid version starts at USD 6.00/month.
- Industry: Education Management
- Company size: 51–200 Employees
- Used Daily for 2+ years
OneNote: a great foundation for collaboration
OneNote has become central to our documentation at our organization. Especially after the integration between OneNote and Office 365 Groups and then Teams, the addition of the Collaboration Space and Documentation Library has helped us create central repositories that can be worked on simultaneously and frequently. Administration can collaborate and share materials and use the private spaces for groups members to take their own notes or have individual content distributed to them to work on or reflect upon.
I love this product and since growing with it in my career have also expanded to use it in my personal life for notetaking, organization, and planning.
The notebook structure was very appealing to me when I first started using OneNote. Once I unbound myself from the concept of creating everything to translate to a printed letter size piece of paper it really took off. You can create your notebook and its contents to directly translate to what if it had to be printed. But you can also transform it to a fully interactive collection. With links to various other locations in the same notebook, other locations and materials on the internet, and even embedding videos and other documents directly in the pages of the notebook you can make the reach of the content presented to extend beyond the boundries of the document itself.
The different versions - When OneNote transitioned to the web, it was during the focus on the Metro UI in Windows 8 and it suffered for it. The simplicity of what the web version could do was crippled by the ability of the internet browsers at the time. Over time it has increased in parity between the desktop version and the web, however - the Metro UI designed app has lingered and its design has stayed truer to the web version than the original desktop version. It is getting harder to find the desktop version that has content central and navigation to the left, top, and right sides. The web, mobile app, and "for windows 10" versions make navigation subjectively more complex when you have extensively robust notebooks.
Reasons for Switching to Microsoft OneNoteIt proved to be the most logical and user friendly to translate hierarchical structures of documentation, collaboration, and communication the way we needed to get the most buy in and participation from the community.
- Industry: Security & Investigations
- Company size: 51–200 Employees
- Used Daily for 1+ year
My Review for Microsoft OneNote
It is easy to use and you can access your notes from different devices if you can connect to the internet.
Nothing at the moment that I dislike since it can do what I need it to do; note taking and back up the notes.
- Industry: Hospital & Health Care
- Company size: 2–10 Employees
- Used Daily for 6-12 months
The primary tool we use to stay on track and stay updated
I've used the tool in this way for years and with other workplaces. It's one of my primary tools.
We have a page for each project, the notes are searchable, you can paste images, the checkbox feature helps us see when tasks are completed.
I'm not sure if tasks can sync w/ Planner - if so that would be great. Sometimes One Note doesn't update so you can't access the notes you made, but that might be on our end.
- Industry: Computer Hardware
- Company size: Self Employed
- Used Daily for 1-5 months
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: 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.
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.
- Industry: E-Learning
- Company size: 11–50 Employees
- Used Daily for 2+ years
An effective online diary with good filing features.
It's been a good experience to use team wide and ensure notes and documents are stored somewhere that everyone can access.
I like the fact that it syncs across different devices so that your notes are with you wherever you go. It has a good note management system too with the subpages so it makes organising your notes according to categories etc. very well.
It could have a better UI in complete honesty. A few competitors in the marketplace have a nicer UI which makes it more appealing to use.