Hi everyone - it's been an exciting week with the launch of the Office 2010 Tech Preview build. We've been working on this version of OneNote for the last couple of years and we're glad to make it available to our customers to try out.
For those of you who want to sign up for the tech preview, go to this Connect site and sign up. They may still have a few spots left.
In terms of education, there's a lot of great stuff in the OneNote 2010 release. This includes teachers, students, faculty and IT folks. I'm not going to go into all of the details today, but over the coming weeks and month, I'll be posting details on this blog. I also hope to have some co-authored posts with the Microsoft Education team, whom we've been partnering with on some cool stuff.
In the meantime, my OneNote colleagues David Rasmussen and Daniel Escapa have some great posts up. I've pasted that I encourage you to read.
OneNote 2010 is in every SKU! That means no matter which version of Office 2010 that you buy, OneNote will be included. No more worrying about what Office version the students, teachers, or faculty have on the machines. OneNote will always be there. To read more details about each SKU, check out Dan Escapa's blog. Also, with the new OneNote web application, no matter what OS a person has, s/he will have access to OneNote. Now Mac and Linux students will be able to join in the fun.
Be sure to check out OneNote Group Program Manager David Rasmussen's detailed overview on what's new in OneNote 2010. I have pasted David's entry below but I would also subscribe to David’s blog as he will be blogging about OneNote 2010.
We repeatedly hear that access to your notes and the ability to take them anywhere is very important, whether you’re at work, home or on the go. OneNote 2007 already provides offline availability and seamless sync, and a basic OneNote application for Windows Mobile. But we knew that was just the beginning. With OneNote 2010 we’ve added:
Note: The above are not yet available in the Tech Preview unfortunately. We’re still finishing some integration work for sync to Windows Live.
With OneNote 2007 we pioneered simultaneous multi-user editing of notebooks. OneNote 2007 auto-magically merges the edits, even simultaneous edits on the same page. This is valuable for single users (you can edit on desktop and laptop and not have one machine lock the file), but it’s even more valuable for teams sharing a notebook for plans, ideas, meetings and so on. Or perhaps a family notebook shared with your significant other. We’ve heard lots of positive feedback about this, and it has completely transformed the way many teams work and collaborate. We’ve also heard about many families that use it for sharing home renovation plans, gardening info, recipes, wedding planning and so on.
In OneNote 2010 we’ve added a number of features to make the experience of sharing with others more productive and intuitive. These include:
Capturing, organizing and finding your information has always been at the heart of what OneNote does. We’ve made several enhancements in this core area. Some of these will be more understandable once we have detailed blog posts with screenshots.
OneNote is often used as a companion while researching topics and collecting information (e.g. a market analysis study, a class paper, a home renovation, a car purchase and so on). This often involves looking at web pages or documents and taking notes. You could also be reviewing a document or class lecture slides and taking notes as you’re looking through them. We’ve enhanced a number of things to make this experience better.
There are a number of basic editing improvements in OneNote. Below are some more prominent ones.
With the rapidly increasing availability of touch enabled PCs and the enhanced touch experience in Windows 7, this was a natural thing for OneNote to support.
OneNote now adopts the Fluent UI along with the other Office applications.