Microsoft OneNote

Posted: August 15, 2015 in Blogging tools, Writing tools
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While I’m still not ready to forgive Microsoft for the bug-ridden operating system Windows 10 they have inflicted upon its unsuspecting users downloaded as a free upgrade, still I do have to give them credit for something they did right as part of the upgrade: along with links to MS Office 2013, they installed OneNote 2013.

Why is this work mentioning? Because not only did they fix a lot of bugs in the original version, it’s now free…or at least as free as Microsoft has ever made anything: it’s free to download, free to install, and free to use on all of your devices. Laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, all regardless of the operating system you use. Well, all except for Linux. While Redmond doesn’t mind if you run OneNote on your Android or iOS devices, they still seem to fear any operating system that is free in the truest sense of the word.

But then again, if you’re a Linux/Unix purist, you probably don’t want any of Microsoft’s offerings on your machines anyway.

Wait, Wait—What About Evernote?

“But Robyn,” you ask. “What about Evernote? I thought you were this great Evernote lover, and it was the be-all and end-all of note taking programs?”

Relax! I still swear by Evernote. There are still a lot of things it does better than OneNote. But I have to be fair and honest and admit that OneNote outshines Evernote in some areas.

Notes comparison

Clipped from: http://ergonotes.com/evernote-vs-onenote/

What I like best about OneNote is that when it comes to editing and formatting notes, it outshines Evernote. If you can format a document in MS Word, you can do the same thing in OneNote, using the same tools. In fact, if you have a document in Word that you’d like to add to OneNote, you can cut and paste it with no loss of formatting. Evernote has fewer formatting options, and not all of your formatting will copy over from Word.

Still, for custom filing that’s more like a database, Evernote is the way to go.

Bottom Line

I’m using OneNote more than I ever did before. I use the Web Clipping tool in Evernote more than I use it in OneNote for the simple reason that it’s available in Firefox, my browser of choice. OneNote’s clipping tool is only available in Chrome, Internet Exploder Explorer, or Edge. And I prefer having clipping supported in Firefox.

So my conclusion: I use both Evernote and OneNote, taking advantage of each program’s strongest points. I doubt that either one will completely replace the other.

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