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Is the original OneNote desktop app doomed?

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Posted by moritz
Nov 6, 2017 at 08:44 PM


I’m forced to use OneNote at work (firm standard for meeting notes).
I saw some good potential in it when it first came out ... then Microsoft stopped improving it a long time ago.

The most striking example that I’m aware of: Microsoft has not added a “replace” command since OneNote came out in 2003.
To illustrate their total disregard for their users, please take a look at the corresponding support note: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Find-and-replace-text-in-notes-34b1f7f8-d327-40c5-8b0c-8419425ed68b


Posted by Gorski
Nov 6, 2017 at 09:20 PM


I also use it because it’s all I have available to me at work, though I think there’s a lot to like about it.

> The most striking example that I’m aware of: Microsoft has not added a “replace” command since OneNote came out in 2003.

Same with the ability to sort pages. Sorting, search and replace and other neglected features are available through marcros (https://getonetastic.com/) and add-ins (https://www.onenotegem.com/), but those will be of no use with a cloud-only OneNote.

I don’t have much confidence it’s going to be a better application than it is now going this route, but that’s their claim.


Posted by Lothar Scholz
Nov 7, 2017 at 12:46 AM


>> OneNote will be cloud-based only
> >
>This is not good. I don’t like this movement to the cloud.

Well i only hope we have some market competition in the future. A non cloud can soon become a good USP (unique selling point).  Begin a small software developer myself i thank Microsoft for leaving the market :-)

Now i hope Evernote joins them with an everything must be stored in the cloud anti-user pattern.


Posted by bartb
Jan 13, 2018 at 06:01 PM


This makes me very sad. I have been using OneNote since 2003. The tablet PC we were testing at the time was a beast but that’s another story. I fell in love with OneNote and have been using it ever since as my KM tool. In the last several years, I have been moving all my work from a Windows/PC to the Macintosh platform (I was thrilled when they ported OneNote to the Mac). However, the thrill didn’t last for 2 reasons. No storage for local OneNote files and no feature set parity with Windows version. Microsoft has done a hell of a job keeping Mac OneNote up to date but it will always be a 2nd class citizen.

So I am in search of a replacement (I am an info/data/stray tidbits packrat). I tried Evernote for a while but was not enjoying the experience. Right now I have the following products on my short list: Curio, Devon Think Pro and Tinder. It looks like Devon think might be a winner.

Any suggestions? All input welcome!



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