Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Microsoft brings OneNote to Android

Microsoft has released a new Android version of its now-cross-platform note-taking program. OneNote is normally part of the Microsoft Office suite for Windows. Microsoft has made apps over time for Windows Phone, iPhone and recently for iPad.

OneNote for Android is a free download from the Android Marketplace. It can sync your notes across all the OneNote apps, including the OneNote web app that is part of Windows Live SkyDrive service. It has support for checklists, bullet points and more.

What's missing is the support for handwritten notes and voice recorded notes. Inked notes from your computer won't show up on the Android app either.

OneNote for Android has the same "freemium" pricing scheme (which I don't like) as with the iOS apps. It is free for your first 500 notes (synced or created) and then you need to pay $4.99 to continue creating or editing notes. Without paying, you can still view, sync and delete your notes.

OneNote is available on the Android Market in more than 50 countries.