Microsoft will release a OneNote application for Mac later this month, according to sources familiar with its plans.
OneNote is already available on iOS and Android — and, of course, Microsoft’s own Windows platforms — and the new Mac app is part of the company’s plans to take on rival note-taking services like Evernote.
For many years, OneNote was an app available only on Windows and Windows Phone devices — but Microsoft changed that in January 2011 when it brought the service to iOS. Now it’s planning a new Mac app that, like its siblings, will be free to use.
The Verge reports that OneNote for Mac will be available “later this month,” setting the stage for a brand new Office suite for OS X that is expected to make its debut later this year. Before that, however, we should see the much-anticipated Office for iPad.
By bringing OneNote to the Mac, Microsoft hopes to better compete with competitors like Evernote. It will also remove the Windows version of OneNote from the Office suite and make it free, The Verge says, while adding new features that hope to attract new users.
Some of those features are likely to include a new web clipper; browser extensions for Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox; and the ability to add notes to OneNote via email.
Source: The Verge