First official Microsoft Office app now available for iPhone – OneNote

By Tom Warren, on 18th Jan 11 6:02 pm with 13 Comments

Microsoft has released its first official Microsoft Office application for the iPhone today, OneNote.

The application is available immediately in Apple’s App Store for iPhone. OneNote Mobile for the iPhone lets you capture and review notes and lists on your phone. Notes are automatically backed up and synced with free Windows Live SkyDrive online storage, so that you can access them from virtually anywhere – your PC, phone, and browser.

Microsoft announced the application in a blog posting on Tuesday:

“We know people care more about what they do than where they do it. They expect technology to make that easier. They want familiarity and for things to just work. As new pieces of technology – new browsers, mobile hardware, smart phones and social networks – become bigger parts of their lives, they expect familiar technology, like Office, to help them access their ideas wherever they are. Today’s release is another step in Office evolving to serve our 750 million customers worldwide. Whether it’s on a PC or Mac, a mobile phone, or online through the Office Web Apps on multiple browsers, we continue to bring Office to the devices, platforms, and operating systems our customers are using. It should be about the ideas and information, not the device, right?”

Microsoft says it’s initially making the application available for U.S. customers only. “We’re working to make it available in other regions as well, and we’ll keep you updated as it becomes available,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. OneNote for iPhone is available for free for a limited time. [Apple iTunes link]

Update: Due to the overwhelming interest in OneNote for iPhone, Microsoft has confirmed some users may experience a “Loading list of notebooks failed. (400)” error message:

“The team has been investigating the issue and believe we have identified the cause. We are working on an update. However the underlying cause is an intermittent issue, due to overwhelming interest in the app. The workaround is to keep trying to sign in, once you get past this error then OneNote will sync without any problem.”

OneNote for iPhone