Office 365 OneNote Rant



  • Let me say when I first tried OneNote, I was hooked. It was about the same time that IE9 allowed pinning and I was using that browser alot! I was still using Android as a RDP device to my PC and to read tech emails, and forums like SW and LinkedIn.

    My wife wanted access to OneNote so we could share our notes easier which didn't work. An upgrade from Office 2007 to 2010 and setting up OneNote for the first time, she couldn't connect to OneNote online I believe from Skydrive. I tried everything that MS suggested short of reinstalling Windows 7.

    I was still happy and started creating passwords for certain notebooks. I was really stoked until I met with a client and got online to my OneNote notebook that had a password and I was blocked completely from viewing. After that I moved back to keeping my data on my PC.

    Office 365 and OneNote 2013 offer the use of passwords!! Again excited by the news, only to find out...you can't create on online. You must use the desktop app first. ARRRGGGGGG!!!

    As the world gets more mobile and we expect and some of us demand cloudy products, it would be nice if they tied into desktop apps secondly. Yes, I understand we can't expect Word to be the exact same online as on a rich desktop, but what if you could use bold unless you had the desktop app first. Seem stupid to you? I feel the same about OneNote and the password thing.



  • OneNote without Sharepoint kinda sucks, I agree. With Sharepoint it really rocks and I think that that is why they missed the permissioning system because it is built into the enterprise ecosystem and an afterthought that they screwed up when making the alternative consumer system. We use OneNote with Sharepoint and everything is just part of the Single Sign On system and works smoothly.



  • Well that sounds much better. Again I started with 2010. However until Office 365 I never had Sharepoint.



  • @technobabble said:

    Well that sounds much better. Again I started with 2010. However until Office 365 I never had Sharepoint.

    There is a free version in any Windows server if you have one of those too. But the Office 365 version is totally the way to go.



  • The mobile OneNote app is getting there, but it isn't quite there yet. It should take a functionality lesson from Evernote.



  • @Nara said:

    The mobile OneNote app is getting there, but it isn't quite there yet. It should take a functionality lesson from Evernote.

    I second that. If Evernote ever gets tables that look and work just like OneNote, I will switch to EN instead of juggling between both!


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