If you have looked at the new SKU matrix for Microsoft Office 2010 you will notice a couple of things. First, there are less SKUs. We have moved from eight SKUs in Microsoft Office 2007 to five across OEM, retail, and volume licensing in Microsoft Office 2010 (three cheers!). Second,We have added the Office web Apps to the Volume License SKUs (free for consumers on Windows Live). Third, OneNote is pervasive across ALL SKUs! Hmmm?
Interestingly, OneNote is also one of the four Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). To me this seems to be a statement. OneNote is now a core productivity application and can be moved away from its former single purpose of a mechanism to make Christmas or birthday lists from web merchants, to one of profundity. Consequently, I should state that my first real use of OneNote was to actually compile shopping/ wish lists because it pasted the URL below the screens clippings I inserted from the browser! Cool capability one! ;-)
Now that OneNote 2010 is included in every possible SKU your customer could purchase, regardless of channel, it becomes your responsibility to answer those “So what is OneNote?” questions with a solid answer that speaks to the productivity benefits that OneNote really brings to the table.
I was recently at a LAR (large account reseller) launching Office 2010. I spoke to around 400 sales reps and only a few could state any more than one capability of the Microsoft Office OneNote product! That MIGHT have been fine when Microsoft Office 2007 was around and you could avoid the OneNote conversation, but now that it is primetime you cannot avoid it. Seriously, I know it is not as important as Word, Outlook, or Excel to your business customers, but it can help you sell Microsoft Office and it can increase user productivity.
Lets list and then highlight just a few of OneNote 2010’s many enhancements.
OneNote 2010 provides virtually uninterrupted access to notes by allowing you to view and use your notebook files anywhere — at work, home, or in transit.
The changes in these areas include the following:
OneNote 2010 supports simultaneous editing of notebooks by multiple users. For example, a group of users can work on a notebook at the same time, or a single user can work on the same notebook from different computers simultaneously, all without locking the file.
The changes are as follows:
OneNote 2010 provides support for computers that run touch-enabled operating systems such as Windows 7. The features include the following:
This list was copied from the TechNet Article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179096.aspx
AN IMPRESSIVE LIST of Capabilities. Notice the one I called out in Green Italics…
This is HUGE! Two people at once without locking the file, shared on the network or the web, wow!
Here is snip showing choices:
At release Windows Love (SkyDrive) will support this sharing.
What about Outlook integration? These products work side by side. See how easy it is to drop Outlook info into OneNote and vice versa.
Communicated Damn Well