One of the things most of us do on all our devices is taking notes. There are very many ways of doing exactly that. There is good old Notepad which is a jack of all trades: from using it to write code, to taking minutes at a meeting or writing short notes while in class to… just about everything. There is also more modern solutions like Evernote, the poster child of today’s note-taking applications. Evernote has become so popular (and bloated as well) thanks to integrating several features that appeal to today’s user including Work Chat that allows users to collaborate on work right from the application.
The downside to Evernote is that in order to fully take advantage of the application, one has to part with some cash. And it is not cheap. Well, depending on how much you value what you do that is. Microsoft knows this too and it is not hesitating to point it out while promoting its own alternative, OneNote, the note-taking application that comes bundled with its Office suite (and also available as a standalone application on the Windows Store).
While OneNote is free on all devices, it comes with Office and works seamlessly with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint to help you stay organized, collaborate and get things done. Evernote Premium ($49.99/year) is more than 70 percent of the cost of Office 365 Personal ($69.99/year), which includes all the apps you know and love, plus 1 TB of storage.
That last bit may have been a low blow in reference to Evernote’s move last year to strip away the unlimited storage it was offering Evernote Premium users and instead capping uploads at 10 gigabytes per month. Microsoft, however, is not a saint as it, too, did a similar thing when it scrapped unlimited OneDrive storage in favour of a 1 terabyte cap. Still, that’s more.
So what do you do if you have been taking so many notes on Evernote and want to migrate to Microsoft’s solution? So far, it has been a process which involves the use of third party tools. Microsoft is out to reverse that. The company has released a new tool that simplifies the process of migrating from Evernote to OneNote. The OneNote Importer is currently available for Windows machines with support for Macs expected to arrive later. You can grab the tool here and begin the switch to Microsoft’s OneNote if it has won you over.