The rumors are true: Microsoft confirmed today that it is making a version of OneNote available for free on every major desktop and mobile computing platform, including even the Mac. Additionally, the firm has announced some new OneNote tools, OneNote Clipper and Office Lens, as well as new partner services and a new extensibility model that will make it possible for any cloud service to integrate with this amazing note-taking and thought organization solution.
This is somewhat of a seismic event for me. That is because I have been a loyal user of a rival none-organizing product, Evernote. I must now compare the two, and decide if it's worth switching to OneNote.
A potential deciding factor: I pay for premium Evernote features that I can, possibly, get from OneNote for free. The new Mac version could help tip the scales, too, since the absence of such an app has been a dealbreaker. (There's an iOS version, too.)
OneNote's new Web clipper is another big plus, since Evernote has a really good such clipper.
I have preferred Evernote over, say, 's NoteSuite because of its ubiquity: It's on top desktop platforms, the top mobile platforms, and the Web.
Now, so is OneNote.