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Microsoft brings OneNote to arch-rival OS Android

With an iOS and now Android version of the note-taking app, Microsoft shows its app and service strategy can take precedence over its OS strategy.

OneNote for Android in action.
OneNote for Android in action.

Microsoft has released a version of its OneNote for Android, continuing an expansion of the note-taking software beyond the company's own operating systems.

"Mobile versions of OneNote are currently available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and now Android," Microsoft's Michael Oldenburg said in a blog post today. "No matter which platform you prefer, OneNote Mobile lets you easily capture and access all of your notes and ideas on the go."

The software lets people take graphically rich notes with active items such as checkboxes. Using a SkyDrive account, people can sync notes across multiple devices.

The app is free for up to 500 notes. After that, it costs $4.99 if you want to be able to start new notes or edit notes, but you'll be able to sync and view them.

In Microsoft's feature list has the following for OneNote for Android:

Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists

To-do lists with clickable checkboxes

Quick photo capture with your phone's camera

Quick access to recent notes

Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks

Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere

Offline access to your notes

Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection

Built-in spelling checker

Support for external hyperlinks

Table editing

Microsoft's OneNote now works on Android.
Microsoft's OneNote now works on Android. Microsoft