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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 18, 2014 at 05:36 PM

 

Ah, I knew there had to be a catch. I’ve been using OneNote 2010 on my Windows PC, which I paid for. I just downloaded the free 2013 edition, which was working just fine until I tried to create a new page in one of the notebooks that I keep on my computer (instead of on SkyDrive), and got a messages saying “Subscribe to Office to continue using this notebook.” From the “Learn more” link:

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Anyone can download and use the free version of OneNote. When you subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium for just $9.99 per month, you get the premium version of OneNote, which easily integrates with the other latest Office applications and comes with additional capabilities, including the ability to:

Create notebooks on your PC. Create notebooks saved to your hard drive (offline) in addition to being saved to your OneDrive. Being able to work with notebooks offline as well as online is great for anyone with a spotty network connection or those who are always on the go.

Support your business needs. Your notes are synced to your OneDrive for Business, so you and your teammates can collaborate easily. For added security, you can password-protect your notebooks. And with Office 365 you get the latest Office applications, which means you get a complete note-taking experience, with embedded Excel files and added Outlook tasks, meeting notes, and contacts.

Record your notes. Why just write or type your notes when you can video- or audio-record them at the same time? That way you’re sure not to miss any important information. Perfect for students and for those important meetings.
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Is this the deal breaker? Maybe. I don’t want or need all my work notebooks, which I keep on my PC at the office, floating around on SkyDrive or on my other devices. Indeed, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Mar 18, 2014 at 07:23 PM

 

“easily integrates with the other latest Office applications”

I assume that means things like the “print to OneNote” driver.

So, the come-on is “you can have the minimalist OneNote for free, or you can pay the monthly freight and have a version that has the features that the older, cheaper, but not free, version had.”  IOW, Microsoft has wrapped a significant price increase into an empty bag.

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>Microsoft wrote:
>>easily integrates with the other latest Office applications

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

 

Oh wow, that’s profoundly disappointing. I still use 2010, which (as you say) I paid for and is very good.

So it’s pay wads of dough to Microsoft for Office 365 (whether you want the whole thing or not), or pay slightly less wadded quantities of dough to Evernote for a very similar service.

Or just use Notebooks instead…

 


Posted by Lucas
Mar 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

 

FYI, be careful about deleting sections in the Mac version. Whereas on the Windows version, deleted sections can be recovered from the system trash/recycle bin, on the Mac version no such luck, as far as I can tell. (Seems to me they should include a warning that the action cannot be undone.)

 


Posted by Slartibartfarst
Mar 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

 

Paul Korm wrote:
Mar 18, 2014 at 07:23 PM
...
>So, the come-on is “you can have the minimalist OneNote for free, or you
>can pay the monthly freight and have a version that has the features
>that the older, cheaper, but not free, version had.”  IOW, Microsoft has
>wrapped a significant price increase into an empty bag.
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Well, it’s potentially a lot cheaper than you might think. Try US$9.95 - take a look at this post on DonationCoder.com:
MS Office 2013 US$9.95 Corporate/Enterprise Home Use Program - Mini-Review - http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=35950.0

I have to say though that I am disgusted with MS’ apparently misleading advertising on this OneNote FREE version.

 


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