Microsoft Brings Its OneNote Importer Tool to Mac

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Microsoft Consumer Services, Office, Office 365, OneDrive with 0

Microsoft Brings Its OneNote Importer Tool to Mac

While Mac users aren’t exactly known for saving money, a recent price hike at Evernote has some users scrambling for a more affordable alternative. And now Microsoft is offering them a way out, courtesy of its OneNote Importer tool.

Microsoft debuted a Windows version of this tool back in March. It works with the local Evernote content on your PC and imports it into OneNote, which is completely free, and then syncs it to the cloud so you can access it from all your devices.

This tool was immediately useful, and Microsoft reports that over 71 million Evernote pages have since been imported to OneNote. But it took on a new urgency back in June, when Evernote unexpectedly raised prices by making its Basic account quite limited. So to get reasonable Evernote functionality, you need to pay $35 to $70 per year.

As I wrote at that time, OneNote is free. Always free. No caveats. Just free. It’s available everywhere you need it—Windows, Mac, web, Windows phone, Android, iOS, Apple Watch, Android Wear—and there are no limits, for uploads, devices, or anything else.

But the OneNote Importer tool was originally available only on Windows. As of today, however, that’s no longer the case.

“Today, we are launching the OneNote Importer tool for Mac,” the OneNote team announced. “You may feel hesitant about moving all your notes from a place you know to a new online home. Don’t worry, the Importer tool makes moving day easy.”

You can download OneNote Importer tool here. You will need a Mac with OS X 10.11 or higher, and it will go faster if the Evernote app is installed. Don’t worry, you can uninstall it when you’re done.

Here’s a short video that explains how it works.


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