Redmond’s answer to the supremacy of Evernote, OneNote launched on the Mac platform recently. Better yet, the company made this version along with the Windows flavor free of charge.

And now company talked about this fine piece of software, and what improvements we can expect in the future. The OneNote team took part in an AMA session on Reddit to share their plans, saying that they have been working on this free version of the application for more than a year.

In fact, the plans to make it available free of charge were hatched after the launch of Windows 8 back in October 2012. That’s some deep, deep planning, if you ask me!

However, the best bit here is that the application will always be free — sure, certain features will only be available with a paid license, but on the whole OneNote is to be considered a freeware.

As one member of the OneNote team put it:

“Forever! We intend to have a free version on all platforms forever. That’s the plan. We will have premium features for users who buy an Office 365 subscription or one of the Office suites.

For example if you want to use OneNote for business against SharePoint or Office 365, that will be a paid feature, and some other features like version history. But the vast bulk of features will be free. Everything in the Mac app we just launched will continue to be free.”

Microsoft has been paying particular attention to its productivity apps for some time now.

Part of that has got to do with the new management at the helm that wants the company to get back to its software roots. Microsoft is also actively working on expanding its popular Office suite of productivity application to more platforms, iOS and Android.

The focus on cloud and business software is plain evident here.

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  • Emily W

    Evernote stinks in my opinion! OneNote is a huge upgrade for mac users! Smart publicity move for Microsoft! 🙂

  • Bill Franklin

    That’s one way to get good attention! Create your own narrative as Microsoft is doing. Everyone loves free! Having said all of that, I’m a sucker for free too and I think this an awesome application and awesome news for consumers everywhere.