We get that Evernote got here first, and is rightly claiming a majority of the market. Maybe that is why Microsoft is opening itself to suggestions from users as it tests out the Android beta for note-taking and archiving software OneNote, as announced on the Microsoft Office blog yesterday. OneNote has made its way over to Android, but it might not be long before we see a better, stand-alone version of Microsoft’s note-taking app.

There are a number of ways to approach note-taking, and from the laptop or desktop perspective, there is a lot to be happy about in Microsoft’s OneNote, coming from a long-time user of the software like me. What seemed like a non-descript add-on to the whole Office suite in 2010 has actually made a decent presentation of itself in the past years. But jumping to mobile devices is a whole new kettle of fish – for one, this is largely Evernote territory.

Make a perfunctory Google search of the top note-taking apps for Android smartphones and tablets and you will see Evernote consistently at the top of these lists. The ubiquity of Evernote is largely due to its multi-platform nature – it has been consistently made available for OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows and Windows Phone, even in Blackberry, as well as Android. People are used to it, and it can scale through platforms via the cloud.


Will OneNote be able to match – or at the very least hold its ground – against a very solid app with a whole suite of features? At the onset, Microsoft does seem to be taking the correct steps by getting the pulse of its users. It is actually asking users to “enter their idea” for features that might make it to the beta version of OneNote. Check out the source link if you want to be part of the beta test program.

SOURCE: Office Blog