OneNote Premium Features Are Now Completely Free

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft’s virtual notebook, OneNote got some improvements that will boost its popularity even more. Namely, Microsoft announced that some of previously-paid OneNote features will now be available completely for free.
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The popularity of Microsoft OneNote is on the rise, especially after it was featured into the Surface tablets and initially released as a free app last year. Well, it wasn’t completely free, because OneNote still had some premium features you needed to pay to use, and because of the Microsoft was often criticized. But even if it wasn’t completely free, OneNote was pretty popular, and now when Microsoft decided to release it as a completely free app, we should expect that it will be more popular than ever. And not only PC users will have the privilege of using OneNote for free, because it will be available fore Mac users, as well.

Here are previously-paid features that are now available for free:

  • Password protected sections: Password protecting the important parts
  • Page history: Reverting or viewing historical edits to a page
  •  Embedding files: Embedding documents and other files directly into OneNote

But there’s one catch though, because this version of OneNote still doesn’t support direct local storage. So that means that you’ll have to use OneNote with OneDrive. The only way to access your files when you’re offline is to save them to OneDrive first, and then move them to your device. You’ll also get 100GB of OneDrive storage for free for first two years, if you’re the US citizen.

Just as a reminder, Apple has an answer for this Microsoft’s move, as the Cupertino company made its iWork for iCloud available to Windows users for free. You can download the free version of OneNote here.

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