Using OneNote Instead of OneNote Desktop Version

By JaredD | OneNote

Jan 24
Working on #LONC17 in Rhode Island

OneNote is My Preferred Version of OneNote (Over the desktop version and online version).

Jenn Morgan Speaker at the 2017 Learn OneNote Conference

Last week Scott Concilla's session from the 2017 Learn OneNote Conference was discussed as how it relates to the different versions of OneNote and using OneNote with OneDrive. This week, Jenn Morgan's video is on the discussion table as she provided an excellent introduction to OneNote, the app.

A quick recap of the general versions of OneNote in order of my favorite:

OneNote: Also commonly referred to as OneNote the App, OneNote for Windows 10. This is the version that is going to be automatically installed on your Windows 10 device. It has the most modern design, is touch and stylus focused, and is my personal favorite version despite lacking some of the fancy features the full desktop version offers. The mobile app on your iPhone or Android device will look and operate similar to this version.

OneNote 2016 Desktop: A part of the Office Suite or Office365 account for download, this OneNote version has the most rich features which leads to it being cumbersome, clunky and most suitable for advanced note taking strategies and integrations only. I personally use this version when doing a few fancy tricks and when starting my notebooks so I can get my share settings right.

OneNote Online: Accessible from any web major browser, this version is a great option when on a guest computer or when working in a group on a notebook. This version best allows for situations in which some people are using outdated OneNote versions (say OneNote Desktop 2013) with more modern versions (say OneNote). I rarely use this version since I'm primarily working in small 1 to 2 teams on OneNote versions.

Jenn Morgan dives deep into the functions and features of the OneNote version, my personal favorite version of OneNote.

Her full video is included as part of the All Access Pass to the Learn OneNote Conference.

There are a few things I'd like to extract from her presentation worth expanding on.

     Rainbow Pen Stylus

     Accessibility course on Microsoft Educator Community

     Advanced Features Being Released on OneNote

Rainbow Pen Stylus

A few months ago, I was a guest on the TeacherCast podcast promoting OneNote in Education and the online event I was organizing. Offhandedly during the discussion, I mentioned the rainbow pen color and was surprised to get such a reaction from the other guests and hosts on the call.

My first experience using the pen was in Jamestown, Rhode Island, a beautiful seaport town on the east coast of United States where my wife's family traces their lineage back to the late 1800s. We were staying in Nana's childhood home and working in various coffee shops along the water. At one particular spot, we penciled out a work flow for getting information and material to new registrants for the OneNote conference. Penciled out as in used a Surface Pro 4, stylus and rainbow color pen.

Working on #LONC17 in Rhode Island

Outdoor patio office where we first used the rainbow pen.

We are proudly a printer free home and business, using OneNote for our paper needs.

In the sun facing the harbor, some of the pen option colors weren't working to see easily on the screen. We switched to the rainbow color and saw that text sparkle.

After a few giddy swirls Andrea drew, we could "pencil" out everything we needed.

Others on the podcast had similar positive feelings toward the rainbow color pen. Jenn Morgan mentioned it as a cool color in the OneNote version. Try it out and have some fun!

Accessibility Courses

Following the lead of CEO Satya Nadella, accessibility for everyone is an emphasis with the Microsoft team across the suite of products.

OneNote, Teams and other Microsoft tools are improving their accessibility features daily. Things like Immersive Reader to help with reading text, voice diction and more are being added, improved upon and innovated.

If you are interested in accessibility in education, a good place to start is with some of the free training Microsoft provides on the topic. The course Training Teachers to Author Accessible Content might be a good place to start.

Advanced Features Being Released in OneNote

Many OneNote Avengers will be quick to tell you that OneNote Desktop 2016 is the most robust version of OneNote. I agree. But I think this may be changing.

Several of the features Jenn mentions in her video are new to OneNote and are only available in OneNote, or at least start with the OneNote version. That rainbow pen stylus I mentioned earlier, can't get that on the desktop version of OneNote.

As I've been following the trend of OneNote, I've begun to form a hypothesis that OneNote is the future and the desktop version is a bit of a stagnant program. What do I mean by stagnant? I mean that the development, innovation and efforts of the OneNote team appear to be focused on the OneNote version and secondarily the OneNote web version.

Microsoft is set to release a new Office 2019 suite sometime in 2018, and it will be interesting to see what OneNote looks like as part of this offering.

One other new feature released on OneNote ahead of the desktop version? Ruler. Check it out.

This post is written by Jared DeCamp. 

To learn more from Jenn Morgan, speaker at the 2017 Learn OneNote Conference, visit one of the links to her work below.

What is your favorite feature of OneNote for Windows 10?

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