In a relatively surprising move Microsoft has just announced the release of OneNote for iPhone and iPod Touch today (free for a limited time and only in the US). One has to wonder if the company is run my sane people or not. Just in case you didn’t know yet, OneNote is one of the key selling feature of Windows Phone 7 (part oft he Office Hub) and lets users create OneNote notebooks which can include text,voice or images and be directly synced to their SkyDrive cloud storage (or shares via mail). Well, there’s no need to have a Windows Phone 7 device to experience this because this is what today’s iPhone version does too. This is obviously Microsoft’s way to compete against highly successful applications like Evernote and other note taking apps out there but this new iPhone version seems to be more feature rich than the WP7 version too. So let me recapitulate the whole situation here: The iPhone Bing application is miles ahead of the current Bing and Bing Maps implementation in Windows Phone 7, the official Messenger client on the iPhone is also miles ahead of the not so official and abyssal Messenger client available on WP7 and now OneNote is out on IOS to. Office Mobile for the iPhone is the next step I guess.
With OneNote Mobile, you can:
- Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
- Check To Do items off on the go
- Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
- Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
- Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone
Microsoft better have some big announcements and good answers at next month’s MWC or else the PR backslash is going to be hard. I don’t expect them to stop doing this (releasing iPhone and Android applications) and frankly they shouldn’t because it’s a good thing but can’t they do this only after their own product (WP7) has the same features implemented? It was understandable last year, because Windows Mobile 6.5 was as good as dead but now that they have a brand new and competitive platform….come on..this is all kinds of ridiculous IMO. The iOS application is available now on iTunes: OneNote Mobile for iPhone