Now available: Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iOS

**Free for a limited time**

I love Microsoft Office OneNote on my Windows Phone 7. I f I still used my iPhone 3GS, I could now get OneNote there, too: the team has released Microsoft OneNote for the iPhone. Follow the team blog (including outside the US availability) here. 

You can get Microsoft’s OneNote for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the Apple iTunes App Store at As Michael Oldenburg noted today…

“Since I began looking at Microsoft Office 2010 Beta feedback last year, the one question so many of you asked perhaps more than any other was “When will you release a OneNote app for the iPhone?” I’m happy to say that the time has come. First, check out the official announcement by Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group. Then head over to the iTunes App Store to download OneNote Mobile for iPhone. It works on any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and it’s free for a limited time.

“With OneNote Mobile, you can create and view notes and lists right on your iPhone. Your notes can be synced with your Windows Live SkyDrive account so you can access, edit, and share them from virtually anywhere. (Don’t have a SkyDrive account yet? Sign up here — it’s free!) You can also use OneNote Mobile for iPhone to view and edit any of the notes that you’ve created on your computer and synced to your SkyDrive account.”

Microsoft OneNote Mobile is the easy-to-use, powerful note-taking application for all of your ideas, brought to you by Microsoft Office. OneNote Mobile lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Sync your notes with free Windows Live online storage and access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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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


  • iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4.2 or higher
  • A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile —use an existing one or let OneNote Mobile help you sign up
  • Web functionality uses the free OneNote Web App available on Windows Live, which requires a supported web browser
  • OneNote Mobile opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App
  • Customizing section colors requires Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Access your notes online at

As noted on the on the San Francisco Chronicle site today

Microsoft took a huge step forward in its mobile strategy this morning: for the first time, the company has released an Office application for Apple’s iPhone.

OneNote, which has been part of the desktop Office family since 2003, is a natural fit for mobile touch-screen devices: it’s supported touch interface (with a stylus, true, but touch nonetheless) since its inception. Users often want to take quick notes on the go, and OneNote backs files up to the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive, giving users access to all their notes from any location and device with an Internet connection.

“It’s also a great move for Microsoft, which needs to maintain the relevance of Office — its number-two business, with revenue of about $13 billion a year — as smartphones and tablets grow at the expense of Windows PCs.

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Good stuff.

UPDATE 01/18 – 12:50 PM PST from the OneNote Blog… 

OneNote Program Manager Daniel Escapa confirms that due to the overwhelming response to the OneNote Mobile app release today, we have received reports from some customers who are experiencing an error when they attempt to login. Specifically, you may encounter the following error message: “Loading list of notebooks failed. (400).”

The underlying cause is an intermittent issue due to the overwhelming interest in the app. The current workaround is to keep attempting to sign in. Once you get past this error, OneNote Mobile will sync without any problem. The OneNote team is actively investigating the issue and believes to have identified the cause. An update for the app is in the works. Please check back for further developments as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely thank you for your patience and interest in OneNote Mobile.

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16 replies on “Now available: Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iOS”

Yes, the team noted on their blog today that they're sorry about the lack of international availability for now, and passed this feedback on and will definitely post an update if the availability is extended.

This is great news!  Thank you.  Ive been waiting for this for a long time.  One question/request…Is there an iPad optimized version coming too?

@jason, no, don't know yet – hopefully outside the US soon.

@Brian, I haven't seen anything announced. I'll ask.

everyone is getting error 400. Did you guys ever test the app ?

When will there be a native iPad version? 2X is pretty grainy and doesn't make good use of the iPad's screen size.

Otherwise, love the app and it will definitely cause me to make more use of OneNote on my desktop!

@CCNC No idea – I know that the group has initially released this first app for iPhone and iPod. I'm waiting to hear about other international availability and iPad support.

We just release an update, 1.0.1, which adresses the error 400 many users have been getting. Still US only for now, but everyone who has 1.0 should apply the free upgrade to 1.0.1.

Another person who would like an ipad version! This software otherwise great! Thanks!

I'd also REALLY like to see an iPad version. Apple's built-in notepad is terrible.

I downloaded this for my Iphone and love it. Now it would be great if it was optimized for the Ipad.

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