Microsoft OneNote 1.0 for Mac (screenshot 001)

The rumors were true: Windows giant Microsoft has just released its note-taking app, OneNote, for the Mac.

It’s available right now in the Mac App Store free of charge for a limited time and includes a brand new clipper feature akin to Evernote, as well as a host of other capabilities designed to boost your productivity.

OneNote is also available for Android, Windows and Windows Phone devices.

As a result, your notes are platform-agnostic, synchronize across all devices, multiple people can collaborate on them and more. The full reveal is right below the fold.

OneNote has been around for nearly a decade, but this is the first time Microsoft is offering the application free of charge, if only temporarily.

They’ve also introduced a new feature called Office Lens that allows you to import photos of your documents and let OneNote turn images into text using optical character recognition algorithms.

If you want to take notes while surfing the web, Microsoft now provides a OneNote clipper browser extensions for its own Internet Explorer browser, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari.

Third-party developers will be able to integrate OneNote clipping into their apps via a Microsoft-provided API. And like Evernote, you can email yourself notes via your unique email account on the domain.

Here’s your promo clip.

OneNote for Mac opens your existing notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 format or later and saves them to OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive. As a reminder, OneDrive gives you at least seven gigabytes of free cloud storage, with additional storage available for Office 365 subscribers.

If your daily productivity depends on quality note-taking software, why note give OneNote a try? You can use the app to capture pretty much anything, from notes for classwork, meetings or research to your shopping lists, itineraries, bills and receipts – whatever pleases you.

A few screenshots for your viewing pleaser below.

Microsoft OneNote 1.0 for Mac (screenshot 002)

Microsoft OneNote 1.0 for Mac (screenshot 003)

Microsoft OneNote 1.0 for Mac (screenshot 004)

Microsoft OneNote 1.0 for Mac (screenshot 005)

Some of the features include:

  • Sync your notebooks seamlessly across computers and devices -then share them to your friends, family, or colleagues
  • Your notes look just the same on your Mac – including rendering ink annotation and formatting
  • Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format your notes like you want in a free form canvas
  • Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase
  • Create, move, copy, re-order, rename, color code and delete pages, sections and notebooks to organize your content as you’d like

Learn more at the official OneNote website.

Download OneNote free in the Mac App Store now.

Again, the app will be free for a limited time so best act now.

OS X 10.9 or greater is required, along with a free Microsoft account.

  • Merman123


  • fb2

    That’s really awesome! Waited years for this!
    I don’t have to use the web app or windows again!

  • Fede777

    How much later?

    • omrishtam

      about a year or so…

  • Samy060

    It’s free on every platform : Mac OS, iOS, Windows, Android, Windows Phone 🙂

  • Soohyun Park

    How about audio recording? Does it support audio recording while I am taking notes?

    • Should be under the insert tab, but doesn’t look like it’s there in the 3rd screen shot

  • Meh, Macs are just another bottle trapping the OneNote genie like every other Laptop/Desktop…only tablets with digitizer-touch-screens can utilize its full potential….

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      “only tablets with digitizer-touch-screens can utilize its full potential”

      Why is this?

      Microsoft should perform some serious optimisation of their software if it is best suited to tablets despite the fact it is a desktop piece of software…

      • “Why is this?”

        ‘Cause you’ll still be grabbing that piece of paper, or your 5-Star notebook/diary/logbook when you want to do some quick sketches, draw some pics/graphs/diagrams, or do some hand-written assignments.

        On the other hand, Windows tablets with digitizer screens (e.g. Samsung Ativ Tab 3, Surface Pro 2, etc.) open that bottle and utilize the full potential of OneNote. They make digital note taking feel no different than writing on a 5-star notebook.

        Literally, the only difference between writing in OneNote on a Wacom-enabled PC (like my Surface Pro) and writing on a 5-Star notebook, is that it’s digital. That is; easier to copy-paste, easier to review and correct, easier to append missed notes to, easier to store for future reference, easier to share without worries of losing my notebook, better (re)organized in one place, limitless number of pages/sections, totally green, etc.

        “Microsoft should perform some serious optimisation of their software if it is best suited to tablets despite the fact it is a desktop piece of software…”

        More like Apple should catch up with the trend of technology. OneNote 2013 has been optimized for touch screens more than enough, and works marvelously on devices like my Surface Pro (http://bit ly/1gGPkvt). Apple’s just milking iPad users to the last drop before it considers building a so-called “regerator toaster”, or simply adding a digitizer touch screen…it’ll eventually do it, just like it did a smaller version of the iPad despite SJ claiming smaller tablets are jokes.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        By the way a graphics tablet can do all of the things your tablet can do (sketches, drawings, etc). If you can’t do those things with a touchpad / trackpad then I stand by what I said…

      • Yeah, a separate $350 tablet to add close to that functionality of a Wacom digitizer equipped PC, with that irritating discontinuity of writing on something (the tablet) and having to keep track on something else (your Mac’s screen). Still not as natural as writing on a piece of paper…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If people can afford a MacBook they can probably afford a graphics tablet. Some even have screens built-in which gets around the problem of having to focus on two things at once. Even if to you this is unnecessary and something you’d consider should be built-in to MacBooks what would be the point? OS X isn’t optimised for touchscreen and One Note is available for tablets like the iPad. OS X is not supposed to be used on touchscreens so if using graphics tablets is inexcusable to you then you shouldn’t even consider buying or using a Mac and something like an iPad (or indeed your Surface) might be more appropriate. There’s no point trying to fry an egg with a toaster though…

      • “If people can afford a MacBook they can probably afford a graphics tablet. Some even have screens built-in which gets around eh problem of having to focus on two things at once”

        Lol, those with screens go for the same price as a 128GB Surface Pro, if not more. So in other words, you spend $2000+ to get close to the benefits offered by a $800 Wacom-digitizer equipped PC…smart move. You wouldn’t even be having the benefit of carrying it around in your hand (2lb or less, vs. 4lbs or more). Still not as natural as writing on a piece of paper…but good way of separating yourself from your money

  • Damian W

    this does not even come close to a windows desktop version. Basically they ported iPad app onto mac. Useless and pointless. No drawing options. Too bad they screwed us again.

  • Winski


  • Robert Goldberg

    Thanks Chris!!!!