Microsoft plans to release a Mac version of its OneNote software later this month. What's more, the software is going to be available for free, according to a new report. Microsoft appears to be aiming directly at Evernote and a host of other note-taking and note-organization tools already on the Mac. The Verge:
Microsoft is planning to release a OneNote for Mac app later this month. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the Mac application is part of a broader effort to expand the features and functionality of OneNote.
OneNote helps you gather information you might need — not just notes, but web pages, links, sketches, videos and other content. The software enjoys integration with Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite, which may be its most powerful advantage when it comes to entrenched competition that has had a long head start on the Mac platform.
This news comes hot on the heels of another rumor that Microsoft plans to release a 2014 edition of Office: Mac. Microsoft is certainly due for a major refresh — Office: Mac 2011 actually began shipping in October of 2010.
While you can still buy a single-user copy of Office: Mac, Microsoft prefers for customers to opt for its Office 365 service instead, which introduces a $99 annual subscription fee instead.
Evernote's also available for free, but the developer monetizes the app by offering a pay-to-play Premium service that adds features like improved collaboration, security and better search features, offline mode and more. Will Microsoft do something similar, or is OneNote merely the hook to keep you on the line for Microsoft Office's subscription model? We should know soon enough.
Do you already use OneNote on iOS? Are you excited by the possibility of a Mac version? Let me know what you think in the comments.