Tony Bradley, from PC World, suggests 2012 may be the year of the Tablet. He cites the dominate share of the Apple iPad and the numerous tablet announcements expected at CES 2012 as support for his hypothesis. Both are real opportunities for competitors to gain marketshare – only if the competitors improve upon the Apple iPad. Fortunately, Microsoft is using the Apple iPad success to spread their own applications. This will counter the Android onslaught for a little while longer.
OneNote version 1.3
Versions 1.3 from Microsoft improved OneNote for iOS so that the full screen is used (2x was annoying):
- Support for iPad and iPad 2
- Localization into several new languages and markets
- Tabbed user interface
- Quick note creation in the Unified Notes section
- Table rendering
- Improved Windows Live sign-in experience
- Integrated upgrade option
After using OneNote to write a dissertation on a Tablet PC, I waited anxiously for the iPad version. The previous version was only good on the iPhone – and very limited. The free version (up to 500 notes) does not disappoint me. This is in contrast to Kevin Purcell’s opinion that an ink feature is missing.
The difference in conclusions is the manner of use of the product. I tend to keep class lesson lecture notes – 178 lectures to be exact – in OneNote synced with my Windows Live Account. This is below the 500 notes limit for the free version and I have no need for inking.
Having my lecture notes available to me without being tied to a desktop is a huge plus. Maybe if my use for the product expands then I’ll want more features. For now, though, I’m content. Thank you Microsoft.