I’m an early adopter, which is a fancy way of saying that I’m a sucker for the potential of a new thing. Often times, this pays off, like the premium features I got for free on Dashlane because I was using them when they were too new to be charged for. Other times, not so much. This has been one of those times.
I was an intermittent user of OneNote. It was cool and super useful (most of the time) but was also quite clunky at the beginning. The storage locations for notebooks was a huge confusion, and the synchronisation was problematic too, at times.
But lets face it, Microsoft has come to the party recently. They’ve listened. And they’ve fixed stuff. OneNote, too.
Simply put, OneNote is now not only soooo much better and more feature-rich than Evernote, but cheaper, too. That is, since Evernote decided recently that henceforth we shall be limited to 2 (two) devices to keep synchronised on the free plan. Really? Isn’t that how Microsoft got the moniker of “M$”?
Here’s the real clincher, though… I first simply started using OneNote for new things, but soon got tired of having to switch into Evernote every so often to find something I’m referencing. I had a look in the OneNote menus but wasn’t able to find any “import” option, and so had started to dread the migration that I knew would eventually have to happen. In pure desperation, and with no hope for a simple answer (because, like, the world hates Microsoft and no-one would ever dare suggest you can move from Evernote to OneNote, right?) I threw out a Google search for import evernote to onenote… and would you believe that this post from the Office blog (the very first result) provides an easy-to-use, downloadable tool to migrate your notes from Evernote to OneNote.
The article also succinctly points out that OneNote is free on all devices, with no limitation on the number of devices you can sync… but that if you’re going to pay for premium features, then consider that Evernote Premium costs more than 70% of the full Office 365 Personal subscription price, which (over and above OneNote and its seamless integration) also provides Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and 1TB (yes that’s one terabyte) of OneDrive cloud storage.
Of course there are things that Evernote does well. I just don’t typically use those features much. For one, Evernote is really good at searching inside PDF documents. The web clipper in Evernote is also somewhat richer. But with everything else, and with a workload as light as mine, wanting structure and consistency more than flexibility, OneNote is a much better fit overall.