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  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero 2: the game you can play at work

    Ribbon Hero 2 has been out for about three weeks now. It is outpacing all our past projects in downloads by a wide margin. So far, I'd categorize the user feedback on "RH2" in the following way: Haven't tried it: that is the dumbest thing I can imagine Have tried it: this is...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Web App, cloud sync of notes, and Ribbon Hero for OneNote

    Three great things are newly available. The first is that the web version of OneNote is now available to the public. Here's the official blog post . This is something I've been waiting a long time for, and it nicely solves a few problems: When you want to use OneNote's multi-user collaboration...
  • Blog Post: 64-bit "Print to OneNote" solution now available

    Good old David Rasmussen who is Group Program Manager of OneNote has built (in his "spare" time) a way to send printouts to OneNote 2007 directly on 64-bit Vista and Win7. It's a little clunkier than the built-in 32-bit only solution that comes with OneNote 2007, but if you use a 64-bit OS like I do...
  • Blog Post: I Heart OneNote

    There's a new website called iheartonenote.com . It's a place to discuss OneNote with other people, share tips, notebooks, etc. So many people post emotional connection stories about OneNote that "heart" seems appropriate (FWIW, last time I checked a piece of software can't yet have your baby). That...
  • Blog Post: Mike Tholfsen, OneNote Ninja!

    It's been awhile since I have posted anything here, and for that I feel shame. It's just that Dan and John and others are doing such a great job. Another guy who's doing a great job but isn't blogging yet (he's shy) is Mike Tholfsen. Mike is the test manager of the OneNote team, and he's also a tireless...
  • Blog Post: Summer OneNote 2007 news round-up

    It's getting hard to keep blogging about OneNote in detail now that I am no longer on the team, but I thought I would do a little round-up of some interesting developments in the last couple of months. Onenote usage is really taking off as I talked about last post. The numbers are good of course,...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Momentum

    What an exciting three months OneNote 2007 has had out in the marketplace. By every measure OneNote 2007 is a hit! Check out this blog activity for one thing: Blog posts containing "OneNote" over the last 360 days taken May 9 (from Technorati ) Traditionally many people measure a product's success...
  • Blog Post: Australian students get a deal on Office 2007 (and OneNote!)

    I'm hearing some buzz about a 90-day offer going on in Australia. If you are a student at one of about 30 universities, you can get the "Ultimate" edition of Office 2007 (includes OneNote!) for AUS$75 which is about 5% of what it costs to buy if you were to pay full price (which no one does of course...
  • Blog Post: New OneNote 2007 PowerToys

    Dan Escapa is on a tear releasing a set of new PowerToys for OneNote 2007. What's going on is that a whole bunch of PowerToys were written internally on the OneNote team and by some of our "friends" inside the company over the last six months. As the 2007 has now shipped (and therefore the API set is...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2007 now available at retail

    Yes, the final code of OneNote 2007 is now available for purchase in an actual box (with a curvy corner no less and fancy pull out center: here are some samples if you haven't been down to a store yet). Of course OneNote is available along with Office 2007 and Windows Vista today. This is hardly news...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Viewer

    I sometimes get asked if there is a "viewer" available for OneNote files. There are viewers available for Word, Excel and PowerPoint (among others) so this is a natural question. The answer for OneNote is yes: it is called the trial version. You download it here for free, and it lets anyone view and...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2007 downloadable trial available

    As Dan mentioned on his blog , those of you waiting to try out the final code (everyone currently using beta for sure!) can now download a 60-day trial of OneNote 2007 here . There is a full trial of Office 2007 Professional as well which of course is worht giving a spin too - and it shows off OneNote...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2007 goes Gold!

    We're done! As you may have heard, 2007 Office System (including OneNote!) went golden on Friday. We had a great ship party with lots of OneNote purple hair and not just on the OneNote team! I'd like to thank all of you who participated in the beta program and gave us feedback, whether it be direct...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Beta 2 Technical Refresh now available

    Just a quick note to let you all know that if you are using beta 2 of OneNote, you can download the new tech refresh here . Note that this is *not* a single click update. Read the instructions on the page before installing or you will regret it. This refresh represents about 4 months of bug fixing...
  • Blog Post: My One and Only OneNote

    What happens when you put together a dedicated Test Manager, a loyalty-inspiring hot product, and some talent for music? You get the next great underground internet music hit: My One and Only OneNote . (click to listen - recommend you open the link in another tab/window so you can follow the lyrics as...
  • Blog Post: Babies, Travel, and OneNote

    Hey folks, this is a quick note to let you know first of all that I am back on the blog after a 2 month hiatus for baby leave. I've just spent the last hour clearing out hundreds of fairly nasty comment spam so sorry if you had to endure that in your visits while I was gone. Skye is growing up already...
  • Blog Post: Syncing OneNote 2007 notes across your many PCs

    ***update June 15, 2010*** If you have Onenote 2010, the easiest way to sync notes across PCs is to store the notebooks on SkyDrive. Either create notebooks on Skydrive at office.live.com and open them into OneNote, or from your PC, use File/Share and choose Web as the method. Log in to Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate OneNote 2007

    Some time ago when I announced that OneNote 12 was going to be called OneNote 2007, I mentioned that we were also part of two Office suite offerings this time: "Home and Student" and "Enterpise". From our perspective this is great news, but a lot of people said they wanted to be able to buy OneNote along...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2007 and Outlook: Best Buddies

    How doth OneNote 2007 love Outlook? Let me count the ways… From the beginning of OneNote we've had a lot of requests to deepen our integration with Outlook. In 2003 we had several connection points: you could email notes directly from OneNote if you had Outlook 2003, and you could create tasks...
  • Blog Post: Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007

    Over on the Word blog Joe Friend has broken the news about the new blogging support we've added to Word 2007. I'm happy to say that OneNote 2007 is also going to benefit, as a feature I have long wanted will now come to OneNote 2007 - blogging support directly from OneNote. You should check out the...
  • Blog Post: Audio transcriptions and annotations with OneNote

    I just got a great tip from a colleague at work ( Richard Sprague ) that I wanted to share. Since it is related, I thought I'd also include a tip I got earlier from Barry Brahier. Richard came up with a way to transcribe audio recordings into OneNote! The recording can be one made in OneNote or be...
  • Blog Post: OneNote and Origami

    Update: if you use OneNote 2003 with an Origami (Ultra-Mobile PC) device, you should get this hotfix which takes care of an incompatibility between the two (only get it is you find that ink strokes disappear after you write them). This hotfix does not apply to normal Tablet PCs - only the UMPCs that...
  • Blog Post: One percent for art: Napkin Math a.k.a. The Calculator in OneNote 2007

    I like to love the software I use. I gather many of you do too. In the process of designing a new release of OneNote its important to keep this in mind, since it is easy to make a product that meets a lot of business criteria but has no soul. For example, our product development process uses a fixed...
  • Blog Post: Your first five minutes with OneNote

    Being a new type of application has its downsides. On the one hand the field is open and we can define a whole new experience for using a PC. On the other hand, most people who see us for the first time just look at us and say "huh?" and move on. Grr. We anticipated this problem from the start, which...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2007 Drawing Tools

    Awhile back I promised to write about drawing tools in OneNote 2007. I'm pleased to say that thanks to the valiant efforts of one of our interns (hiya Bill!), we've got 'em! Obviously a big part of capturing information quickly is capturing diagrams. Whether it be lectures at school or things drawn...
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