I read Ed Bott’s article, Microsoft’s most misunderstood application and found myself nodding in agreement with a lot of what Ed had to say. It is rather sad that MS will only be bundling OneNote in the Home and Student Edition of Office 2007, I think giving folks the appearance that OneNote is a “student” application is really selling it short. I’ve used it for a couple of years as a business application. In fact, most of what I turned over to the new consultant last month at my former place of employment was documentation done in OneNote.
Now, that being said, I do have to report that I’m not using OneNote for business as much as I used to. It is a great tool for what I was doing, but it’s not the right tool for where I’m working now. We have a document management system and helpdesk software. Any documentation I do needs to be within the boundaries of those tools. That’s not to say I’m still not seeing some benefit to my personal copy of OneNote, it’s helping me keep the website project for Friends of the Library organized, it helped us keep our trip to San Fran organized, it helps me keep track of a great many personal projects, thoughts, etc. I still love me some OneNote.
Like anything else though, I use the tools that are best suited to a particular job, and for my day job, that’s not OneNote. Doesn’t mean my opinion of it has changed. I still think it’s a great program.