I truly enjoy being enthusiastic about OneNote. I’m not ashamed of my unguarded devotion to this application (share the love via the new site: www.iheartonenote.com). Here at Microsoft, new ideas spring up every day, and those ideas/prototypes/proofs-of-concept fight for attention. They scramble, they hustle, prove their value, and if they are lucky—they survive and make it to big show: They become part of the Microsoft Office brand. OneNote is one such idea, and during the past few years it has radically altered my entire Windows experience.
I record, store, share, search, and surf meaningful information in very different ways since I started using this application. I have heard similar experiences from many other people.
When I was in college I used a manual typewriter (not even electric!). I used that for my bachelors and one of my master’s degrees. Later, for my other two degree programs, I was able to get a small PowerBook with Word 6.0 and Excel. But, all of my notes were on paper. If I had been able to use OneNote I would have been much more productive.
OneNote has a modest little developer story, but, if OneNote can only have one developer angle—it is the right one: It exposes a little import method so that other applications can export their content to OneNote (eg: Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, a non-MS application, whatever).
Here are two little articles that explain how:
Rock Thought of the Day:
Purchased the new DVD of the Who, live at Kilburn 1977. It’s footage that has never been seen before (the film cans were nearly thrown out in the trash). It contains the penultimate performance of Keith Moon, and it shows the band at their zenith of power. Go get it, and prepare to not be able to pull yourself away from the screen until it’s over.