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Understanding OneNote Versions

Microsoft OneNote was released to the public in 2003 so it has been around for a very long time… As of late a very common questions which there is a lot of confusion Why does Microsoft have multiple versions of OneNote and what are the differences?

Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network. OneNote is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite;[6] it is also available as a free, stand-alone app via the official website and the app stores of: Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS and Android.[7] Microsoft also provides a web-based version of OneNote as part of OneDrive and Office for the web.

Microsoft OneNote – Wikipedia

  • OneNote (formerly called “OneNote 2016”), the free desktop app which runs on all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and which is part of Office 2019 and Microsoft 365.
  • OneNote for Windows 10, the OneNote app which is pre-installed on all editions of Windows 10, and which can also be downloaded for free in the Microsoft Store.
  • OneNote for Mac is part of Office 2019 and Microsoft 365
  • OneNote for the web features a single-line ribbon interface near the top of the screen. This version of OneNote is best suited for easy access to your cloud-based notebooks when your own computer or device is unavailable or doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for the client versions. OneNote for the web is also ideally suited for working remotely in virtually any environment.
  • OneNote for iPhone can be downloaded from the iOS App Store and used on any compatible iPhone or iPod touch capable of running iOS 12.0 or later.
  • OneNote for iPad can be downloaded from the iOS App Store and used on any compatible iPad capable of running iPadOS 12.0 or later.
  • OneNote for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and used on any compatible Android phone or tablet capable of running Android 5.0 or later.

OneNote was created by a Microsoft employee, Chris Prattle as a simple no frills application back in 2010 for internal use. (Update: A link to the video can be found in resources below)

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