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Office Joke: Why is OneNote called ONE note?

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Every time I conduct a session, I poll the audience – “How many of you use OneNote?”. YES> The response is the joke Smile

Usually – only one hand goes up – reluctantly!

Then I tell the audience – “Now you know why Microsoft chose the name ONEnote?” – everyone laughs!

But wait… that is not the end. The joke ends here – but the story continues…

Then I show what OneNote is capable of… Depending upon the time available, the demo may last from 3 minutes to 30 minutes. Irrespective of the duration, I repeat the poll – “NOW that you know what OneNote can do – how many of you would like to use it?”

The response is UNIVERSAL – all hands go up.

Then I ask  – “What would you like to call the product now?”

– the choice is obvious: EVERYONEnote!


Any resemblance to any brand name is purely coincidental! ha ha Smile

All brands are owned by their … (legalese)… you know what I mean!

The reaction

When I tell the audience that this product is available for last 10 years – there is an uproar. Everyone looks at the IT team and their implied question is :

“Why did you not tell me earlier?”

Never mind. There is no UNDO button in life. Just use it and make your life easier.

Demand It

If you are using Office 2010 or later, you SHOULD have OneNote on your PC. It is FREE on all platforms. You can download it form here.

It is available for free on Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android …

If you put it on OneDrive or OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint site, you can access it on any device.

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