OneNote “MX”, the new Windows 8 app, is now available in the Windows Store

By Kip Kniskern | Posted July 17, 2012 22 comments

We’ve been checking on and off all day, and just now we were able to find, and install, OneNote “MX Preview”, what might be officially the first “Windows 8 style app”, available from the Windows Store. The app lists as being available in English (United States), Japanese (Japan), and Spanish (Spain), but we’re not sure if it’s available anywhere but right here, at least for now.

Search on OneNote in the Windows Store on your Windows 8 device, log in with your Microsoft account, and download the app, and you’ll be connected with any OneNote notebooks you have stored in SkyDrive for that account, and find yourself in a very Metro-ish version of OneNote, complete with a surprise or two.
onenote mx

The installation page at the Windows Store lists some basics of OneNote:

Description

Take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them. Fast and immersive, this OneNote Preview is reimagined for Windows 8. Whether you draw, type, click, or swipe, this app will shine on your Windows 8 device.
On the go? Use a browser or one of the many OneNote mobile apps to get to your notes when you need them.

Features

Make lists — Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes.

Draw and write — Use your device’s pen to draw in your notes as you would on paper.

Take pictures — Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes.

Customize formatting — Organize your notes with tables, bullets, colors, and more.

Integrated search — OneNote works with the Windows 8 search charm, so you can always find the notes you’re looking for.

Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while taking notes? OneNote can snap to the side of your screen so you can use both apps at the same time.

Other than that it’s just about what you’d expect from a Metro style, errm,  Windows 8 style app, clean and simple, except….

There’s this new and kind of weird formatting wheel, like a circular ribbon:

onenote wheel

You get to it by clicking on the little “page with an arrow” icon that at first glance hovers kind of annoyingly in the right hand section of the app:

onenote mx page

After getting used to its presence, though, we think we’re going to like this wheely thingy. It’s fast and animated, and gets you to what you need (insert tags, bullets, tables, pictures, or paste) quickly and easily, and we’re sure quite useful with a touch device. If this is a hint at what’s to come with the rest of Office, we’re pleasantly surprised (unlike the former Windows Live counterpart app previews, which we’ve found to be basically useless, even in their current iteration).

Anyway, if you’re on Windows 8, head over to the Windows Store and install OneNote MX (for Metro eXperience?), and let us know what you think.

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 12:30 am
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    I was able to successfully download it from the Australian Windows 8 Store :)

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    I was able to successfully download it from the Australian Windows 8 Store :)

  • http://twitter.com/cwa_worx Chris

    Not able to Download in switzerland… edit: couldn’t find through the search function, but I found it in the productivity section…

  • http://twitter.com/cwa_worx Chris

    Not able to Download in switzerland… edit: couldn’t find through the search function, but I found it in the productivity section…

  • Meg

    Outlook MX is just brilliant! The formatting wheel or circular ribbon is a really good way to find the commands you need. Excelent with both mouse and touch.

    I hope Microsoft will make a Word MX, Excel MX etc. as well. (MX = Metro eXperience) 

  • Meg

    Outlook MX is just brilliant! The formatting wheel or circular ribbon is a really good way to find the commands you need. Excelent with both mouse and touch.

    I hope Microsoft will make a Word MX, Excel MX etc. as well. (MX = Metro eXperience) 

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

    Indeed, it’s there under Productivity but can’t be found through the Search.

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

    Indeed, it’s there under Productivity but can’t be found through the Search.

  • Onenoter

    An android user is envious here…. 

  • Onenoter

    An android user is envious here…. 

  • gerryrivers86

    i wouldn’t be suprised if this wasn’t Microsoft’s way of showing us Office Windows 8 apps in the making, like whats going to be available on Windows 8 RT

    • jvd897

      Unless I’m mistaken, the Office 13 apps that will come with Windows RT are the standard ones that run in the desktop, but specially compiled for ARM — OneNote MX is a different animal.

      • http://twitter.com/phantam1113 Lord Helghast

        Ya OneNote MX is their first foray by the office team into actual full blown Metro Apps… With more to follow apparently, as they move away from the desktop as the only platform… Hopefully we’ll see more metro adoption prior to RTM of W8

        • jvd897

          I think there’s only going to be one other Metro-style app for Office 2013 (Lync?), but you’re right, there will probably be more as Microsoft shifts its efforts away from the Desktop. This version of OneNote does indeed prove that there can be perfectly good Metro-style apps that allow users to still be productive.

  • gerryrivers86

    i wouldn’t be suprised if this wasn’t Microsoft’s way of showing us Office Windows 8 apps in the making, like whats going to be available on Windows 8 RT

    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      Unless I’m mistaken, the Office 13 apps that will come with Windows RT are the standard ones that run in the desktop, but specially compiled for ARM — OneNote MX is a different animal.

      • http://twitter.com/phantam1113 Lord Helghast

        Ya OneNote MX is their first foray by the office team into actual full blown Metro Apps… With more to follow apparently, as they move away from the desktop as the only platform… Hopefully we’ll see more metro adoption prior to RTM of W8

        • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

          I think there’s only going to be one other Metro-style app for Office 2013 (Lync?), but you’re right, there will probably be more as Microsoft shifts its efforts away from the Desktop. This version of OneNote does indeed prove that there can be perfectly good Metro-style apps that allow users to still be productive.

  • UB4000

    I have not found a way to convert “ink” to text in OneNote MX, anyone know how to do this?

  • UB4000

    I have not found a way to convert “ink” to text in OneNote MX, anyone know how to do this?

  • markiz

    It’s a bit confusing.. How do delete notebooks?

  • markiz

    It’s a bit confusing.. How do delete notebooks?