BetaNews reviews Microsoft’s OneNote for Mac: ‘Evernote is better’

“Straight off the bat, I have to say the design of OneNote for OS X is impressive,” Mihaita Bamburic writes for BetaNews. “he app looks clean, easy to use and is enticing enough to use for a prolonged period of time (unlike Office 2011 for Mac, which is stuck in… well, 2010 — when it was released).”

“I would not call the way OneNote works immersive, as the interface does not really get out of the way, but you can sure focus on composing notes and not searching for where things are. For me, everything is laid out in a logical manner,” Bamburic writes. “I even prefer it to Evernote’s layout, which is not as well designed; it feels more cumbersome.”

“Here is what I do not like. First off, I cannot fathom why the notebook management feature is so poor. Evernote handles this infinitely better, by comparison. As appealing the design of the app is, as terrible this feature is implemented,” Bamburic writes. “One of the things I like most about Evernote is the way it handles sharing. The app is designed, from the ground-up, with collaboration in mind, which is something Microsoft has yet to properly bring to OneNote. This is the reason why, even though I adore the design, OneNote is still not an option for me (coupled with the inability to easily delete notebooks). It also does not add anything that Evernote does not have, in some form or another.”

Read more in the full review here.

Related articles:
Microsoft releases free OneNote for Mac – March 17, 2014
An Apple acquisition the real reason Microsoft is porting OneNote to the Mac – March 14, 2014


  1. I wish Evernote would improve their formatting. If you paste things you can end up with a mess of stuff that is very hard to sort out unless you start a new note and strip out the formatting and add it yourself.

    1. That’s one of the most annoying “features” of Office. Every time I paste from one program to another Office wants to retain the formatting from the program your are copying from. Why anyone at Mjcrosoft would think this is a good idea as a default for pasting is beyond me. I almost never want to retain the formatting when copying and pasting from one program to another. You’d end up with a typographic mess.

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