OneNote availability does not mean every platform will work for business users

Microsoft OneNote can be an ideal fit for the three-screen, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment in organizations: it is intuitive, flexible, designed for collaboration, and available on almost any mobile device.

But OneNote functionality is not the same across devices. Some of the most powerful features for business use are available only to users running OneNote on Windows—features that are enhanced with security and performance capabilities provided by Intel architecture.

Which mobile device delivers the OneNote functionality your users need?

Prowess Consulting put four mobile devices to the test with OneNote to determine which platform is the best fit for business users. Our tests found that OneNote functionality varies across platforms.

Careful evaluation shows that the most complete and productive mobile user experience with OneNote is on devices running Windows 8 and powered by Intel Core processors. Only on these platforms can mobile business users take advantage of the full power of OneNote through capabilities such as:

  • Record audio and video—Users can record meetings or interviews and embed the files in notes.
  • Intelligent media processing—OneNote can recognize and process text inside handwritten notes, pictures, scanned documents, and even audio and video files, making that text available for search and indexing.
  • OneNote add-ins—Organizations can extend and customize OneNote capabilities through add-ins and custom apps.
  • Attached scanner support—Users can easily capture documents or images and add them to notes.
OneNote on mobile platforms

OneNote across four different mobile platforms

More benefits of OneNote with Windows and Intel

In addition, the OneNote desktop app running on devices powered by Windows and Intel processors provides the following advantages over mobile apps and the web app running on Apple iPad or Google Android devices:

  • Extensive formatting and proofing tools—Users can customize the look and feel of their notes with rich, easy-to-use tools.
  • Advanced notebook organization features—Users can stay organized with multiple ways to create, copy, and mbsp>ove notebooks and sections.
  • Integration with other Microsoft software—Users can synchronize Microsoft Outlook tasks and meeting details with OneNote, e-mail OneNote pages, and edit Microsoft Office files embedded in OneNote.
  • Document security—OneNote can apply and consume data-protection schemes such as information rights management (IRM) technologies and password protection for notebook sections.


The fullest mix of performance, security, and business-ready features can only be found with OneNote on devices running Windows 8 and powered by Intel Core processors.

Get the most of OneNote by choosing the right device

Microsoft has specifically designed OneNote to work on a variety of platforms so that users can access, consume, and share their data on the best platform for a given situation.

That said, OneNote functionality across these platforms is not uniform. Enterprises that choose to standardize on OneNote and then further choose, for reasons of fashion or finance, to standardize on mobile devices not running Windows 8, diminish the value that their employees can gain from OneNote.

Organizations can unlock the full potential of OneNote by running the OneNote desktop app on Windows 8 devices powered by Intel Core processors.

Read the full paper, With Microsoft OneNote Platform Dictates Functionality, or check out the infographic to learn more.

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