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    Update available for OneNote 2010 - Fixes OCR & Search issues


    Today we released a non-security update for OneNote 2010, here are the details from the Microsoft Office SE blog:

    A non-security update for OneNote 2010 32-bit/64-bit Editions was also released.  This update provides fixes associated with displaying search results, fixes to optical character recognition (OCR), indexing, and displaying of inserted documents.  Additional information can be found in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Update for Microsoft OneNote 2010 (KB2493983). 

    We heard a bunch of people mentioning this on the OneNote Answers Forum and we were able to figure out the problem and get a fix out for you all.  We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage all users to upgrade today to fix up any issues you might have.  Thank you much and please let us know if you have other concerns/issues! 

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    Ping 89 a video of me talking OneNote for iPhone release


    A friend from college, Paul Mestemaker, is a co-host of a weekly video of what is happening at Microsoft called Ping! and he invited me to talk about the OneNote for iPhone launch.  Here is the video:


    My part comes on at the 5:30 mark.  Thanks again Paul and I hope you all enjoy, very different being on camera : )

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    OneNote for iPhone Product Guide - lots of good tips


    I wanted to point everyone to the OneNote for iPhone Product Guide (pdf) which has a bunch of great info on OneNote for iPhone.  It includes tips on how it works, what you see in the app and more.  Check it out if you would like to learn more about OneNote for iPhone.

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    OneNote Mobile for iPhone - RE: "Login failed, error: 400" Error


    First of all thank you very much for your interest in OneNote Mobile for the iPhone, there has been a tremendous response thus far.

    We have received reports from customers who are hitting an error on initial login, with the following message: "Login failed, error: 400".


    The team has been investigating the issue and believe we have identified the cause. We are working on an update. However the underlying cause is an intermittent issue, due to overwhelming interest in the app. The workaround is to keep trying to sign in, once you get past this error then OneNote will sync without any problem.

    Thank you for your patience and interest in OneNote, we all apologize for the inconvenience.

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    OneNote 2010 Ink fixes available on Download Center


    For the select customers facing Inking issues with OneNote 2010 we highly recommend that you install the newest update released today.  This update contains fixes for many of the ink issues you all were facing. 

    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2010 (KB2288640), 32-Bit Edition

    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2010 (KB2288640), 64-Bit Edition

    Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft OneNote 2010. This update is an accumulation of the latest fixes, including solutions within the ink feature, and with the linked-notes feature affecting Turkish language users.

    These should also be available on Microsoft Update (Windows Update) later today but if you want to install the updates right away please use the links above.  Again thank you for using OneNote your patience.  If you face more ink issues please comment below and we will continue to monitor customer feedback (per usual).

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    Help beta test a fix for ink moving and shifting bug in OneNote 2010


    We've heard reports from customers that ink they are creating on their Tablet PC in OneNote 2010 sometimes moves or shifts unexpectedly.  We know how frustrating this can be and are trying to release a public update to address this issue as quickly (and safely) as possible.  To that end, we believe we have a fix and we are looking for beta testers before the public release.
    If you are interested, please contact us via this blog (email or comments w/your email address) and we'll follow up with you once the build is ready.  Thank you so much for your help with this and for your patience.

    Update: We are no longer in need of people, thank you very much to everyone who offered to help, much appreciated!

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    Open as Notebook in OneNote - get it back in OneNote 2010


    Right-click on a folder and choose “Open as Notebook in OneNote” was a little used power feature we had in OneNote 2007 was removed in 2010 because many people were confused by it.  Many people just didn’t know how to use it and we improved our open experience in OneNote to people wouldn’t need to do this.  That being said I wanted to let you know that if you _really_ missed this you can add it back via the registry, just add this:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    @="Open as Notebook in OneNote"

    @="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MICROS~3\\Office14\\ONENOTE.EXE \"%L\""

    (or whatever you have for your location of OneNote)

    This should be it and you are done. 

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    SharePoint whitepaper on co-authoring & OneNote notebooks


    I wanted to point out a few links for all of the SharePoint admins & deployment folks out there:


    In particular for OneNote I wanted to point out these tips:

    OneNote Notebooks

    Unlike Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote stores version information within the file itself. For this reason, administrators should follow these recommended practices when storing OneNote notebooks in a SharePoint Server document library:

    • Do not enable minor versioning. This is the default setting in SharePoint Server 2010.
    • If major versioning is enabled, set a reasonable maximum number of versions to store. By default, major versioning is not enabled in SharePoint Server 2010.

    If you have questions please let us know!

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    OneNote in 90-seconds, a video to share with friends new to OneNote


    I wanted to post a video that one of my coworkers, Olya, did to help new users understand OneNote:

    It is super quick and useful and also you might notice that music in the background is done by another OneNote team member, Mike.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog & Brent talking about OneNote 2010


    Brent Whichel a technology specialist at Microsoft has a cool screencast talking about OneNote 2010, check it out:

    OneNote 2010 from Brent Whichel on Vimeo.

    My favourite part is how he says that people either love OneNote or they just haven’t heard about OneNote yet.  I have found that very true Smile

    You can see some other cool stuff Brent is doing over at, thanks Brent!

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    Ribbon Hero updated to support OneNote 2007 & OneNote 2010


    I wanted to point out an update from our friends at Office Labs who just released Ribbon Hero for OneNote 2007 & OneNote 2010:

    Ribbon Hero Update: New Support for OneNote!


    If you haven’t seen Ribbon Hero is a fun way to learn more about the Office apps you use everyday.  And you can challenge others by showing off your high score or share your high score on Facebook.

    Please check it out and enjoy!  Thanks Office Labs folks!

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    Office Casual: OneNote - An all too brief introduction


    Just a bit of a cross-post: OneNote has plenty of new features for Office 2010, but in this short video, Doug Thomas from Office Casual gives a simple overview of this program for gathering and sharing ideas; a scrapbook for your computer.

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    Thanks Doug!

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    Royal Society of Chemistry Teamwork in Innovation Award for 2010


    Looks like the Royal Society of Chemistry has an annual award for Teamwork in Innovation and this year in 2010 they awarded it to Pfizer for their shared notebook solution using OneNote 2010!

    Details here: RSC Teamwork in Innovation 2010 Winners - Pfizer Global R&D Team

    RSC Teamwork in Innovation 2010 Winners

    Pfizer Global R&D Team

    Pfizer Global R&D Team

    Pfizer UK

    For developing e-notebook technology into a seamless, efficient and easy-to-use format for sharing

    About the winners

    Pfizer is the world's largest pharmaceutical company employing 80,000 people across the globe in the research, development, manufacture and sales of drugs for humans and animals. Every year Pfizer helps over 150 million people throughout the world live longer, healthier lives.  The research site in Sandwich, Kent supports more than 2,700 scientists developing medicines to treat and cure infectious diseases, allergy and respiratory ailments and pain.

    New drugs can only be discovered by combining the talents of a wide number of diverse individuals across a range of disciplines from synthetic, medicinal and computational chemists to biologists, drug metabolists and clinical pharmacologists.  Successful drug discovery requires the efficient transfer of knowledge between all these team members.   Chris Barber, Ben Gardner and Nuzrul Haque developed a new infrastructure that provided teams with an open, flexible, easy-to-use and collaborative workspace that gives greater access to information without significant barriers to publishing.  This innovative combination of two commercial products (SharePoint® and OneNote®) allows teams to share an electronic 'project notebook' with the convenience of drag-and-drop publishing and intuitive searching across documents, text, hyperlinks or graphics. This solution has enabled project teams to move seamlessly to working in a collaborative fashion resulting in increased team engagement and cohesion. In addition teams are aggregating not just the data/information they are using but also the context, rational and decisions they are making on it. As a result share e-notebooks have not only revolutionised team collaboration at Pfizer, but are also saving time, improving decision making, reducing email traffic, eliminating information silos and being demanded by users of all technical abilities.

    It is cool to see the folks at Pfizer being awarded this after all the hard work that Nuzrul, Ben & Chris have put into getting this solution working.  It is also rewarding to see OneNote helping fight diseases and illness.  Congrats!
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    Ben Schorr’s OneNote Tips (


    I wanted to pass on a note about Ben Schorr’s OneNote Tips website:

    Ben is a long-time OneNote MVP and an overall awesome guy who is great to have as part of our community.  You might have seen him answering questions on the OneNote Answers site or on the old newsgroups.  Well it looks like he is now doing his own website of OneNote tips, this week’s tip is about the new file format that is in OneNote 2010:

    Thanks Ben!

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    Live Sharing Sessions in OneNote 2010 and long live shared notebooks


    Some of you have commented on the fact that in the new version of OneNote 2010the Live Sharing Session feature has been removed from the product.  First of all we understood this was an important feature for customers however the underlying technology it was built on is no longer supported by Windows and didn’t scale well with modern operating systems, we had to remove it.  We also knew of a lot of problems people had with the feature and it didn’t work behind firewalls or certain network configurations.  Since the underlying technology was going away we knew we had to do something new in OneNote 2010 and we also understood for select customers the live sharing sessions feature was important.

    What we did in OneNote 2010 was to make share notebooks ‘go to light speed’ and start syncing quickly when other people are also editing the same page.  This means that when you are in a shared notebook we are always syncing your edits and once we see someone else editing we start syncing in real-time.  We will kick up our sync interval to sync very often and make sure the current page is getting synced in nearly real-time.  It is pretty cool to see this in action where people can be writing notes together and we just handle everything.  Once the other author stops editing we turn our sync interval back to the normal time period and keep a lookout for other people’s edits and then we can move into real-time again if we need to.  Shared notebooks also have the advantage of being in the same place where your team shares content, you don’t need to send some weird IP address or config file to people, they already have the notebook open.

    To get this working you need to put your notebook up on SharePoint 2010 and have your notebook be in the 2010 format and just start editing.  Or have your notebook on Windows Live SkyDrive (coming soon as of the posting date).

    This is clearly better because people no longer need to go into a special mode to get real-time to sync, now whatever notebooks you have will allow you to edit & collaborate in real-time.  Many other customers were asking for shared notebooks to sync faster so we thought this was the best solution for our customers.  Thanks for your patience and if you have comments for the team please put them below.

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    Gary and talking about the magic of OneNote


    Here is another Backstage with Office 2010 video showing Gary from the OneNote team:

    I love it Smile

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    Linked Note Taking & Linked Note Taking extension for Firefox


    One of the new features added in OneNote 2010 is the linked note taking.  This is a great way to take notes and have OneNote automatically link back what you were viewing while writing those notes.  You can read about it here:

    Out of the box OneNote will link notes to Word, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer.  However like many of you I use a bunch of different browsers and I wanted to point you to a Firefox extension which allows you to have linked notes to OneNote 2010.  You can read about it here: Linked Note Taking extension for Firefox (direct .zip download).

    A big thanks goes to Mao Chen!

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    OneNote 2010 poster - Your genius comes in many forms


    I was walking around yesterday and I saw this poster on the wall  which was in purple like the OneNote colours and it made me wonder what it was.  I realized that someone created these cool posters for the Office 2010 apps and this is the one for OneNote:


    I even found the PDF for this so you can print your own version Smile   OneNote 2010 Poster (PDF)

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    Making of OneNote videos by people on the team


    I wanted to share some new videos which are up on the website.  These are real people on the teams who make OneNote & the OneNote App, so you can even spy in some of our offices and hallways.  I always love knowing there are real people behind the product that I love and use.  Without further ado I wanted to present:

    Priya talking about having OneNote in the browser and the desktop:


    Alex talking about linked note taking in OneNote:


    Franklin talking about multi-user authoring in the OneNote Web App:

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    OneNote notebooks on Windows Live SkyDrive - coming soon


    I am sure for those of you who are running OneNote 2010, even the RTM version (lucky MSDN folks), when you go to the Backstage you are pretty disappointed by this screen:


    I have seen a bunch of questions on the newsgroup/forums where people are asking why this is still unavailable and when it will be available.

    Well I just wanted to let you know that you will be able to store your notebooks in Windows Live SkyDrive once Windows Live Wave 4 is live. Recently there have been some great blog posts talking about the amazing work they are doing in Wave 4 and they are saying that it will be coming soon:

    In the meantime for people in the United States & Japan you can get into the Office Web Apps Technical preview by going here:  OneNote isn't working in the technical preview right now but it should be online soon.

    So in the meantime thank you for your patience and can't wait to see what you all think.

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