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OneNote

487 Ratings

OneNote

487 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

OneNote

OneNote is extremely well suited if you have Notes that generally fall into less than, say, 10 categories. That makes it easy to set up 10 different notebooks, or 10 different sections within a single notebook for those topics. Any more than that, and the hierarchical model starts to break down, and that's where tag-based organization becomes stronger. However, if you have a small number of categories, I prefer the hierarchical way that OneNote organizes, making it generally pretty easy to find the content you were looking for.

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

OneNote
8.0
Versioning
OneNote
8.5
Video files
OneNote
6.6
Audio files
OneNote
7.0
Document collaboration
OneNote
7.8
Access control
OneNote
8.2
File search
OneNote
8.5
Device sync
OneNote
9.5

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

OneNote
8.9
User and role management
OneNote
8.7
File organization
OneNote
8.7
Device management
OneNote
9.1

Cloud Storage Platform

OneNote
7.9
Performance
OneNote
7.6
Reliability
OneNote
8.5
Storage Reports
OneNote
7.7

Pros

  • OneNote handles cloud sync across multiple devices extremely well. It syncs my notes between my Home computer, my work computer, my iPad, and my iPhone all without issue.
  • OneNote's system for organizing notes is very hierarchical which is beneficial if you think that way. Personally, I find it easy to organize my notes by Notebook, Section, and the headings for each entry, enabling a simple yet very well organized note taking system.
  • OneNote is also good at capturing multiple sources of input - drawings, web clippings, graphics, and others. This enables you to enrich your notes with any and all relevant content, without necessarily needing to remember where it came from.

Cons

  • OneNote could improve on its web clipping features. Evernote still beats it in terms of robustness, but OneNote is sufficient for most purposes.
  • OneNote could also improve on its tagging system. Its the other major way of categorizing notes, which Evernote uses to great effect, but OneNote de-emphasizes this in favor of a hierarchical ordering.
  • This is a silly point, but it drives me mad. OneNote's free-form editing on pages, meaning you can click anywhere and start editing makes for sloppier notes that aren't as well aligned. This could be an enjoyable feature for some, but for me, I like my pages orderly.

Likelihood to Renew

OneNote10.0
Based on 13 answers
As this is not a compulsory tool in our organization, I would say all depends on the decision makers, however since this is a part of MS Office, I am sure we will have it for as long as we will possibly need it. However, I would not be so sure, if it was a separate product

Usability

OneNote9.0
Based on 5 answers
Easy to use from a user and creater perspective.

Alternatives Considered

As stated earlier, Evernote is a little better at mobile and list making. Especially when doing things like needing to record different media types [written, photos, audio recording]. That being said, if Evernote shut its doors tomorrow, I'd just download all of that content and import into OneNote. If the inverse were true, life would stink for the type of work that I do and how much I depend on it.

Return on Investment

  • Real-time updating across the team
  • No longer needing to search as much for the proper presentation before a call
  • Sharing with end users made easier

Pricing Details

OneNote

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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