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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Announcement: security bulletin MS10-087 update for Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has a post noting security bulletin MS10-087, which addresses a number of critical vulnerabilities in how Microsoft Office parses various office file formats. This was addressed in November, in the MS10-087 update.

One of them is CVE-2010-3333, “RTF Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability,” which could lead to remote code execution via specially crafted RTF data. A few days before Christmas, we received a new sample (sha1: cc47a73118c51b0d32fd88d48863afb1af7b2578) that reliably exploits this vulnerability and is able to execute malicious shellcode which downloads other malware.

If you use Microsoft Office, you may install the update via Windows Update (aka WU): go to to learn more about how to use WU. You can launch WU by clicking the Start button on your Windows computer, then click All Programs and select Windows Update.


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How to access your bookmarks on Windows Phone 7

As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7, I also touched on how to sync several files, including the backing up of my iPhone’s browser bookmarks. I failed to note how I access my favourites on Windows Phone 7, which I do via the power of Windows Live. (There are different ways to sync files on your phone, depending on the type of file and where it’s stored. To learn more, take a look at the article on syncing files with your phone.)

One easy way I’ve found to use the list of my favourites (sorry, in the US it’s favorites 😉 I use OneNote Mobile. As I noted previously, OneNote lets you take notes and sync notebooks with your new Windows Phone 7 and integrates easily with Windows Live SkyDrive.

Internet Explorer Favorites are Internet bookmarks, simply web URLs (such as along with the friendly names for them (“M3’s blog”).  Surprisingly, I found that I had relatively few iPhone bookmarks saved on my device, likely a testament to how I used the phone: often, I linked to sites from an email or app. As noted in my previous post, since Apple’s iOS v3 release, bookmarks can be backed up in iTunes.

When you connect your iPhone to iTunes, you’ll see an option to “Sync bookmarks with Internet Explorer”. This will enable iTunes to save your bookmarks and have them appear in your IE Favorites list.

Now, with my bookmarks all loaded into IE’s Favorites, I exported my favorites from IE as noted in – you can select which folder to export (if you have many, as I do) or just export them all.

Once I exported the Favorites file (as “bookmarks.htm”), I opened this file in IE. Using cursor I selected the bookmarks displayed in the browser window that I wanted to reference on my phone. I then copied and pasted the selection into a new OneNote document right in Windows Live (I use Office 2007 at home — shame on me — and Office 2010 at the office, which with OneNote 2010 can be linked directly with Windows Live — very slick).

You can also use the quick and dirty method by copy and pasting the Favourites directly into an email and send it to yourself (a tip I use from time to time to remind myself of other important items ;).

Click here to learn more about using Favorites and history in Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7.

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Remember: October 31 is Halloween, and the Office 2010 beta expires, too

As noted on the official blog, the Office 2010 beta expires Sunday, Oct 31, which means it’s time to upgrade to the full version or roll back to a previous version you have licensed…

Didn’t it seem like only yesterday when we made the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta available? Actually, it’s been nearly a year! Since then, Office 2010 has experienced over 9 million downloads — more than 6 times the size of the Office 2007 Beta.

With so many folks out there using the Office 2010 Beta, this is our gentle reminder that the Beta is set to expire on Halloween. For those of you who live outside of North America, that’s Sunday, October 31, 2010.

If you’ve been busy putting all of the new programs through their paces, you’ve already experienced many of the cool new features that can make your life easier. Personally, I’ve decided that I can no longer live without the Ignore Conversation button in Outlook 2010, linked notes in OneNote 2010, photo editing in Word 2010, using video in my PowerPoint 2010 presentations, or making walls of numbers come alive with Sparklines in Excel 2010. You get the picture.

If you’re currently using the expiring Beta, you  can simply uninstall.  More on uninstalling is available here.

For more info, see this FAQ from the Microsoft Support team, with Common Questions (and Answers!) about the Expiration of Office 2010 Beta.

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A few examples of how Microsoft product groups integrate the voice of customers into the development cycle

j0402594A couple of years ago, Steve Ballmer talked about in his email to customers how Microsoft can do a better job of serving its customers. One of the ways we did this was through the creation of the Security Development Lifecycle (aka SDL) in 2004, which helps to improve the security, privacy and reliability of the company’s software. Today I shared with one of our teams today the links to Steve Lipner’s book on The Security Development Lifecycle and an overview of the Microsoft SDL.

In addition to the SDL, I thought that I should also reference a couple of the following available documents on how a couple of our largest product groups integrate the voice of customers at key touch points throughout the software development lifecycle.

Integrating customer feedback during the Windows 7 dev cycle was critical to its success. As you’ll read in this post, the need to include the voice of the customer starts before we’ve written any code, with feedback from our OEM and ODMs, consumer and commercial accounts at all levels. When you have a product like Windows that serves such a large set of customers, we work hard to ensure that the OS release serves the broadest set of needs.

During the Windows 7 development cycle, we featured in this post an overview of the Windows Feedback Program that allow us to bring the voice of the customer into the development process.  And a practical application of how we use CEIP was provided in this post when we considered how to approach and present UAC in Windows 7, by examining customer feedback and telemetry. (You can also find more info here on the CEIP )

Given that we RTM’ed Microsoft Office 2010 has RTM’ed (more on this at let me also shine the light on that team: see Shawn Lipstein’s post on the Office engineering blog gives you such great insight on how our usability labs in the CEIP impacts the drive research and insight into everything we do.



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