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Watch out, Evernote: Microsoft is gunning for Mac users with a desktop version of OneNote later this month which could see the service go free and add a web clipper feature to make it easier to use.
The Verge reported Wednesday that Microsoft appears poised to lumber onto the Mac in a big way this month with the release of OneNote, a note-taking application that made its debut more than a decade ago on Windows.
OneNote is no stranger to Apple platforms, having already made its iOS debut as separate apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad back in 2011. Also available on Android, OneNote has long been a staple of Office for Windows, but as a paid application -- which is where things start to get interesting.
"We understand that Microsoft will release the OneNote for Mac app for free, and the company is also planning to make the Windows desktop version available at no extra cost," the report elaborates. "This marks a significant change in the way Microsoft manages OneNote, unbundling it fully from the cost of Office. We’re told part of this free approach is targeted at competitors like Evernote, but Microsoft is also adding additional features to entice people away from the competition."
One such "additional feature" is said to be a web clipper app similar to the one offered by rival Evernote, which allows content from web pages to be clipped into a OneNote account and synced across various devices. The report only mentions Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox as being supported, so Safari lovers may be left out of the party, at least for now.
The news comes on the heels of Microsoft's confirmation that a new version of Office for Mac will debut later this year, presumably with the new OneNote for Mac bundled.
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(Image courtesy of The Verge)