After adding new features to OneNote, Microsoft has launched a free version of OneNote for Mac, along with cloud APIs for developers.

Microsoft has finally unveiled the first and free OneNote for Mac that allows you to keep notes on OneDrive and synchronize them with all compatible devices. OneNote is a cloud service similar to Evernote and Google Keep, but with some additional features.

Now, OneNote is easily accessible from all devices, and you can share notes with friends, family, classmate and colleagues for editing or viewing quickly from anywhere. Now, OneNote is available for free on all the devices based on Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, iPad, Android and Web.

Unlike Evernote, there’s no limit to the size of the pages i.e., users can upload huge documents. However, the print option is still not available in the app. Microsoft is offering 7GB of free storage just like it did in case of OneDrive. However, if a user owns an Office 365 subscription or has Office 2013, then more storage space will be unlocked, automatically, along with premium features like Outlook integration or SharePoint support.

Undoubtedly, the Redmond developers wants to extend its reachability, therefore along with a free version, it has also made available service APIs to developers. It’ll give developers the ability to integrate OneNote into their apps, tailored for all supported operating systems — Desktop and Mobile — using the API of the cloud service.

Currently, 15 featured apps are available that takes advantage of OneNote APIs for various platforms, three of which are developed by Microsoft itself.

  1. OneNote Clipper allows you to crop a web page with a single click which is automatically saved in OneNote notebooks.
  2. Office Lens is available only for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. You can use your smartphone as a scanner in your pocket. Simply take a picture of a business card, a whiteboard, or any document and the app automatically saves them to OneNote.
  3. Email to OneNote is used to send documents, notes, itineraries directly to the notebook. Simply send everything to the me@onenote.com email addresses and it will be saved to users OneNote notebook which can be accessed later.

Besides, Microsoft’s official apps, there’re 11 partner apps including Brother Doxie Go, Epson, Feedly, Genius Scan, IFTTT, JotNot, Livescribe, Mod Notebook, News360 and Weave which are providing interesting solutions. Noticeably, Brother and Epson apps allow scanning of docs & images and saving them to OneNote and OneDrive.

Microsoft has great expectation from the new pricing model they’re adopting along with the OneNote. As it states, “OneNote is more than just syncing your content across all your devices. It’s now a hub for the applications and experiences you care about. By making it easy to send anything from any application to OneNote, it’s one more step towards becoming your digital memory. We’ve built some new experiences for this and we’ve worked with a bunch of partners to integrate it with their applications as well.”

However, the journey for OneNote won’t remain easy as Evernote and Google’s Keep are its biggest competitors, which’ve already made their presence across different platforms.

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