OneNote. One great productivity tool that integrates tightly into Office and your devices.
June 03, 2016

OneNote. One great productivity tool that integrates tightly into Office and your devices.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with OneNote

I employ OneNote across my Windows 10 desktop, my Linux laptop (OneNote online), and on my Windows 10 Mobile device. The seamless and rapid syncing of note content across my devices is very useful and makes OneNote a great productivity tool.

One of the biggest advantages to OneNote when used stand-alone (not in the context of Office 365 or Enterprise use with Lync/etc) is the rich data that can be imported, captured, or recorded with & in OneNote. If you can see it, hear it, or think it, you can put it in OneNote with ease.
  • Cross-device syncing (I can get my notes nearly anywhere). Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and the web. Linux is a notable omission, but the OneNote webclient is acceptable for now.
  • Rich data capabilities. Photos, videos, drawings, voice recordings, files, tables, etc.
  • Ease of use is quite high. The mobile app is very smartly designed with a UI that morphs based upon orientation and screen resolution, exposing finer controls when needed.
  • Quick start-up time, especially with more recent builds of the mobile app
  • Linux support with a native program. Office for Linux wouldn't hurt, either.
  • Ability to log more rich data from various attached sensors on devices: Geolocation, temp, humidity, RSSI, etc. Anything that Windows can access.
  • Improve first-use sync/download time and experience. Toggling an option to enable background downloads of all content is not intuitive, and waiting to retrieve content when you view a note is not pleasant.
  • Better Share To OneNote functionality from Windows 10.
  • OneNote enables me to share notes and content with others easily, and allows me to take my work with my with ease.
  • For my thesis work, having OneNote enabled me to record sessions with my advisor while taking text notes. Once I returned home, all of my data was waiting for me on my desktop where I could pick up where I left off.
  • OneNote's integration into the products, devices, and services I use means that it presents an easy workflow and doesn't feel like Yet Another Thing I Have To Deal With (TM).
OneNote's tight integration into the devices and services I used meant that it presented a stronger value than Evernote. Furthermore, OneNote uses an account that I already make heavy use of (Microsoft Account) and did not require me to establish yet another account.
Any situation that calls for a centralized way to store notes and other data, OneNote is easily the best tool that I can think of. Previously, I toyed with Evernote but I found that OneNote offered me a much more pleasant experience and supported my devices better.

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