A Brief History

My own history with OneNote has been quite brief so far.


A new laptop purchased for me at work in April 2006 came with OneNote 2003 installed, and I did ever so briefly look in on the product when familiarizing myself with the new equipment, but was not immediately impressed, to say the least. Last month, when a hospital stint had my company pressuring me to slow down, I took a few minutes out of my short time off to look in on OneNote 2003 again, for no particular reason other than to try to relax with a diversion of any sort. I was again left unimpressed, but did promise myself to give it a more serious attempt during November 2006, then to clear it from my laptop completely if that attempt failed. Throughout this time I was completely unaware that OneNote 2007 was near availability. And it’s not just me: everyone I’ve talked to in my business about OneNote since then is even less aware of its existence than I’ve been. To put it rather mildly, I’m far less impressed with Microsoft’s marketing here than I was early on with the product itself. So I can hardly be faulted for making it to November 2006 as such a OneNote newbie. Most of the business world is the same; and even the sheer muscle of OneNote 2007 won’t change that without a drastic shift in the pitiful marketing and packaging of this gem.


But following through on my promise to self back in mid-October, at 8:33am on November 1 I have a one-liner in one of my OneNote 2003 notebooks reading to the effect that it was time to pull weight or else. And as if actively responding to my challenge, OneNote immediately began taking over my work. Now less than two weeks later, I wouldn’t want to go through a business day without OneNote on hand. And as observed in my opening post, I know full well that I’m only working with the mere dream of the real thing, that OneNote 2007 will be what I really want. So my partners want me to slow down? I’ve pushed through more productivity during these past two weeks than I might have hoped to do during a whole month before I started using OneNote, and that’s hardcore work productivity above and beyond the learning curve of merging OneNote into my work routine (a learning curve that has seen me digesting 3 OneNote books cover to cover, along with heavy portions of web material on both the existing and future product).


So yes, I know maybe better than even heaviest lifters among the beta testers how much I’m missing by having to put up with OneNote 2003 while awaiting the real thing. I know because I’ve already injected OneNote right into the heart of my work and seen the sharp increase, and want more more more more more. But in a way, I’m glad I was so clueless. Had I become aware of OneNote 2007’s coming advent from computer trade press (although I find that woefully scant so far), I might too easily have not bothered with OneNote 2003 at all. And what an immense amount of good hard work I would have missed by that mistake! Seriously, repeating a comment I made in my first post, I don’t care if you’re a business person whose computer people can guarantee putting OneNote 2007 in your hands on December 1. Although you most definitely ought upgrade the minute you can, don’t let that deter you from using OneNote 2003 in the interim, even if your first touch of the product comes as late as Thanksgiving. For even a few days of use until you make it to the real thing, the dream alone is worth the time.


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  1. OneNote Extensibility & More.. : October/November Blogging Round Up Says:

    […] Here are the most recent blog posts that have been rounded up by Mike, our test manager.  “[OneNote] seems so good that I am almost scared to use it!” October Blogger Round Up   “Something that works beautifully: OneNote shared notebooks” “OneNote and blogs have a special relationship. Not only can you turn any entry in OneNote with a few mouse clicks into a blog post, but the OneNote team also communicates heavily via blogs with its users.” “i always wanted something close to what Tom Cruise’s character uses in “Minority Report-when he can move all the pieces of information just on the sheets of plastic, its a dynamic information system!!!  ” A happy Connect customer: “W00t! The OneNote Team Fixed My Bug!” “I think OneNote 14 should…” “[OneNote] 2003 I never really found much use for, but 07 is “da bomb” in Internet Lingo” “Microsoft’s OneNote tool may be the perfect replacement for the pen and paper.” “I am an avid user on Microsoft OneNote, in my opinion one of the most valuable applications available.”  An unhappy OneNote customer: “Am I the only one thinking of dropping the Tablet PC? ” Teachers using OneNote: “By collaborating on this project, they have revived a conversation about the importance of documentation and evaluation” From a blogger happy with OneNote’s Connect site: “Bug and issue tracking – Good job Microsoft”  “Save time collecting information from the Web” November Blogging Round Up  “Everyone that I know who uses OneNote is fanatical about it.” “For the longest time since the earliest days, developers and users alike had been keeping an eye out for the next killer app. OneNote 2007 will be.” “Now that I’ve used ON 2007 for the last several months (Beta), ON 2003 seems as bland as vanilla ice-cream.” From a Mac Blog! “I currently use Microsoft OneNote… and I’ve found killer app heaven.” “I used OneNote 2003 in the past and I thought it was cool but not cool like 2007.” Office 2007: “The superstar of this release is OneNote” “My initial reaction is “wow” Multiple good quotes from a new blog that LOVES OneNote 2007: “Look, don’t get me wrong here: Get OneNote 2007 the very minute it’s available to you.” “OneNote 2007: one business user’s observations on the killer app pearl of office 2007” “I do know that OneNote 2007 may be a thousand times more the software that OneNote 2003 has ever been.” “I’ve pushed through more productivity during these past two weeks than I might have hoped to do during a whole month before I started using OneNote” “Get OneNote 2007 the very minute it hits the streets.” Feedback on the OneNote 2007 blogging experience “Newbie to Addict in One Day Flat, to Evangelist in One Day More” “Get OneNote for your laptops or computers. It kicks ass and I’ve been using it for a long time.” “A picture is worth a thousand words – especially in OneNote”  Thanks for blogging about OneNote, we are listening! […]

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