Today Microsoft has announced on the Office Blog that OneNote 2013 has moved to a completely free download. Now, for those scratching your head, yes, it was free before. However there were restrictions. Today in their announcement Microsoft eliminated all of those restrictions and the full blown version of OneNote 2013 is completely free and full featured.
In the post, the Office team outlines that previously there were features that you did not get unless you were an Office 365 subscriber or had purchased a full version out right. Those restrictions are gone.
Starting today you’ll be able to access the full power of OneNote on your PC, including these features previously reserved for paid editions:
Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
Page history—Easily see or go back to prior versions of a page.
Audio and video recording—Take notes while recording, and easily jump to the relevant section later.
Audio search—Search for a word in a voice or video recording.
Embedded files—Insert Office documents or other files directly in your notebook.
Peeps, this is kind of a big deal. Microsoft is completely changing the way they are monetizing the company and we are watching it happen live. It’s pretty amazing.
Keep in mind that the free edition of OneNote 2013 stores your notes in your OneDrive account. That is free as well with 15GB of storage.