Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

Summary: Microsoft may be getting closer to delivering an iPad-optimized version of OneNote, one of the components of its Office suite.

SHARE:

There's an updated version of Microsoft's OneNote electronic note-taking application available in the Apple store, as of December 12.

The new 1.3 OneNote update advertises itself as being available for not just for the iPhone, but also the iPad. It seems the iPad version isn't really available yet, despite the wording, however. Microsoft delivered an iPhone version of OneNote in January 2011. While it worked on the IPad, it wasn't optimized for it.

Microsoft officials have remained mum about when and if they would deliver an iPad-optimized version of OneNote. More recently, there have been rumors circulating that Microsoft plans to roll out some kind of Office suite for the iPad in 2012 -- something the Softies still have not confirmed. OneNote is one component of Microsoft Office.

The new 1.3 update includes general performance and reliability updates, as well as support for Tables in notebooks, according to the blurb on the iTunes store entry. "Microsoft OneNote for iPad is now available; download it from the iTunes App Store," the same blurb says.

Another seeming change with the 1.3 release: The new update is free for up to 500 created/edited notes. After that point, users are advised to move to either the free OneNote Web App (the Webified version of OneNote) or to pay $4.99 for an unlimited version of the OneNote for iPhone app.

I've asked Microsoft officials if and when they expect OneNote for the iPad to be available for download. No word back so far.

(Thanks to PicturePan2 who first reported this news on LiveSino.Net for the tip.)

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, iPad, Mobility, Software

About

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

12 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

    they better have it for windows 8 otherwise it would be like sinking your own ship to make a few charity bucks out of which apple takes a third. stupid, like office for ipad.
    neonspark
  • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

    Can't wait for this to be available - even better . . . . when is Lync going to be available? I'm tired of using Xync on my iPad for Lync IM/conferencing!

    Thanks Mary Jo
    Andy Blevins
    • Lync on iPad

      Maybe that will be today... That was the expectation last week. Many believed it would roll out simultaneously with Lync for Win Phone (which is in the Win Phone marketplace now):

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-lync-mobile-clients-for-iphone-ipad-android-and-windows-phone-ready-to-roll/11379

      If/when I hear more, I'll do a post. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • MS Office for iOS?

    OneNote is nice, but MS Office for iOS devices? For crying out loud, just do it already! Even many of us Mac users would prefer MS Office over the current Apple office offerings.
    Rcarver
    • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

      @Rcarver

      Perhaps MS is waiting for Apple to release the next generation of iPad with it's rumored A6 SoC. If the A6 increases performance over the A5 as much as the A5 did over the original A4, than a "robust" implementation of Office for tablets might prove very desirable.
      kenosha77a
  • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

    Just out of curiosity, Mary Joe, but if MS releases a version of Office optimized for tablets at or around the same time Apple releases its third generation of the iPad, will you update your iPad to the gen 3 model with Office or will you wait a few more months for a Win 8 tablet? (A tough choice.)
    kenosha77a
    • It is a tough choice

      I tried a few Windows 7 tablets and they were truly awful. MS might have called it "pinch and zoom" but it was more like "pinch and wait and wait and wait and zoom the wrong amount and pinch and wait and wait and wait and zoom the wrong amount and pinch and wait and wait and wait and zoom the wrong amount and give up in frustration".

      Windows 8 tablets don't just need to be a little bit better. They need to be a LOT better.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

        @toddybottom I am thoroughly enjoying using my Samsung Slate running Windows8. It's faster than a cat in a dog pound and as responsive as my iPad.

        And it's nowhere near done yet!

        Can't wait to see how Win8 shapes up when the beta arrives (placing my bet on Feb 14th 2012 :))
        bitcrazed
    • I am doing a wait and see

      I am going to wait and see what Windows 8 tablets look like. If I like what's released next year, I will definitely buy one (either ARM or Intel-based -- leaning toward ARM). If I don't, I may upgrade to a new iPad. .. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

    I think I'll stick with Evernote on my iPad!
    Ants5040
  • They released it late in the day on December 12, 2011

    Unfortunately, it has no drawing tools or inking ability.
    ShockMe
  • RE: Microsoft getting closer to delivering OneNote for the iPad?

    This MS Blog entry says they are: http://blogs.office.com/b/office_blog/archive/2011/12/12/more-options-for-office-users-on-the-go.aspx
    Ron_007