Bing for iPad, Photosynth – these quality apps by Microsoft for iOS devices definitely tells us one thing, MS loves iOS. Still don’t believe us? Well, MS really does love iOS, they just released a major update to OneNote client for iPhone, which was released earlier this year, in January.

Hear out the OneNote Team:

“The tremendous interest in the mobile app, combined with the passion that OneNote fans have for their favorite product, have generated a lot of great suggestions and requests. We’ve tackled some of this customer feedback in the latest update to OneNote Mobile for iPhone” said Mona Azarians from OneNote Mobile team.

Here is what the app has to offer:

▪ Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
▪ Check To Do items off on the go
▪ Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
▪ Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
▪ Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone

New in version 1.1:

▪ Simplified sign-in screen
▪ Ability to email notes
▪ Easier deletion of notes
▪ Home button to quickly return to notebooks view
▪ Faster syncing and app performance

The download comes in an about 4 MB for a grand price of free.


  1. Did anyone ever get a good explanation about why MS is releasing all of these great apps for iOS instead of for its own platform? I get the part about things that WP7 hasn’t officially opened up for developers yet, but some of these apps don’t seem to require that. A good OneNote client shouldn’t require anything beyond what’s currently available. Photosynth would require access to the Camera API, which isn’t currently available to the public. Hopefully Mango will see some major updates to MS’ own apps for its own platform.

  2. “When it comes down to it, microsoft is a software company.”

    Yes they are. But they have a little software program called Windows Phone 7 that they don’t seem to give a shit about. If the roles were reversed, and WP7 was a dominant platform and iOS was way behind, do you think there’s a chance in hell that Apple would release it’s software for WP7 first? That of course is assuming Apple made software for other platforms.

    The answer to that question is no way in hell. Windows is practically a monopoly, and Apple still released iTunes on OS X first, even though everyone knew it would take Windows for iTunes to succeed on a large scale.

  3. Well, no, you wouldn’t see that. It’s evident by how bad iTunes sucks that apple is a hardware company forced to do software development. If wp7 were the dominant OS, apple wouldn’t release a single thing for it. They’ll never release anything for android either. Their entire ecosystem is closed (aside from the windows iTunes, QuickTime and safari suites just so they can get the biggest share of the PC market on their hardware) and is extremely profitable. They’d have no reason what so ever to get involved with the other platforms.

  4. @Chris Leiter:

    and which company is bigger and dominates ? Microsoft is far away from Apple in terms of market share on desktop, for example over 93 percent, just with their software, not with hardware. So it seems to be the better way to be open like Microsoft, in long terms.

  5. Well Chris, my post was obviously hypothetical. We all know Apple is extremely closed. Just to clarify my position, I have no problem with Microsoft putting software on iOS. I just wish they’d pay attention to their own platform first, if they have any desire to see it succeed on any level.

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