OneNote and Surface Pro - No more paper notebook
August 20, 2014

OneNote and Surface Pro - No more paper notebook

Eugene Bodrero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with OneNote

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and thoroughly enjoy OneNote. I picked up two desktop licenses for the additional functionality over the free version, one license is for my Surface and one for my workstation. The handwriting capability of the Pro 3 is marvelous, especially within OneNote. The OneNote Desktop application can search handwritten content.

The terrific search capability, combined with the handwriting recognition, allows me to finally dispose of my binder full of notes that I can't search. Too much information was being lost and had to be recreated each time I needed it. Export capabilities give a range of formats for sharing and backing up data. The master files are stored on my OneDrive account. Notebooks can also be shared with your individual personal and business accounts or with other users.

I use OneNote 2013 as a standalone application and do not use MS Office, we use LibreOffice for all documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. So, there is some integration with Outlook that I am not taking advantage of.
  • Great handwriting recognition when used with Microsoft Surface Pro.
  • Excellent search capability, even finds handwritten notes.
  • Can convert handwritten text to printed text when selected.
  • The OneNote Windows 8 app has some great features that are optimized for the touch screen interface of Surface. The OneNote 2013 Desktop lacks this, but the quicktools do help.
  • OneNote 2013 has significantly increased my efficiency in finding critical information that is not easy to organize.
The handwriting recognition is ideal. I also trust Microsoft to be around in 10 years. The integration with Outlook might be used at some point to manage tasks.
OneNote combined with Microsoft Surface can effectively replace my paper note pad, dramatically enhancing the value of my notes.

Using OneNote

I bought the standalone license, not the Office 365 Business subscription. This allows me to share the application with other users on my computer. OneNote has proven to be a valuable tool in a very short time.