Evernote → OneNote

Late last year, I was investigating whether to migrate over from Evernote to OneNote. I had been an Evernote user for years, but recent questions on the health of the company have prompted me to look for alternatives. OneNote looked interesting enough to try, and Microsoft has since then released a tool specifically to make this migration easy.

So I made the leap.

Granted, OneNote has its share of quirks and has a long way to go to catch up to Evernote in general polish and features1. Some of the things I noticed:

In comparison to Evernote’s total package, OneNote still falls a bit short as a focused note-taking and note-syncing product. What it lacks in refinement, though, it makes up in simple reliability; when I’m logged in, OneNote data always syncs, and I don’t have to worry about Microsoft’s solvency or how the product going to make enough money to survive. As long as Microsoft doesn’t flip around and try to aggressively monetize OneNote users, it should stay as my default notes app for a long time.

  1. e.g., the Mac version of the app couldn’t even set a note’s font — not the default font, just any font within the document — till a recent patch.