What were conspicuous by its absence were Microsoft Office apps for iOS devices. The last time there were some indications about Microsoft Office arriving on the iOS platform was last year at the time of launch of the iPad. Back then, Microsoft had indicated that they are looking at bringing Office Applications for the iPad. Later however, they reversed their stance and clarified that they had no immediate plans.
Almost a year later, sadly there is still no sign of Microsoft Office for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. However, there are some indications that the Microsoft Office Team is working on iOS apps. They have released a version of Microsoft OneNote Mobile for iOS devices. OneNote, as the name suggests is an online digital notebook for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration.
The product description says it all:
Microsoft OneNote Mobile is the easy-to-use, powerful note-taking application for all of your ideas, brought to you by Microsoft Office. OneNote Mobile lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Sync your notes with free Windows Live online storage and access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser.
With OneNote Mobile, you can:
- 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
Before you head to the App store to download, let us also remind you that you should be running iOS 4.2 or above to be able to use it. You would also need to sign up for a Windows Live ID to be able to use the service. The app is a free download for a limited period of time and as of now, Microsoft hasn’t indicated as to how long they intend to keep it like that. So you might want to hurry and download it as soon as possible using this iTunes link. Based on information we’ve received from our readers, it looks like the OneNote app is available only in the US App Store.
As always, please do let us know what you think of Microsoft OneNote Mobile and if you are waiting for Microsoft to release Office apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch.
[via Microsoft Office Blog]