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POWER UP Your OneNote PowerToy Contest
"Show the world how you Power Up OneNote with the add-on functionality of PowerToys. It's your opportunity to influence the future of OneNote. It's your chance to wow a global audience. And it's your shot at winning one of five Toshiba Portégé M200 Tablet PCs."

I can't tell you how excited I am by this; and not just because I get to help out in the judging. 🙂  Kudos to Roan for all the hard work he's done in putting this contest together.

Comments (5)
  1. Andrew W. says:


    This is very exciting!

    Just to be clear, can you perchance verify that using y’all’s managed API is on or off limits? The rules seem pretty clear about not allowing code from "other sources", but was wondering if this somehow slips in under the wire…

  2. Ka7mai says:

    Nope, by all means; use of the managed OneNoteImporter is totally in-limits.



  3. tom says:

    It’s very nice that you’re doing a contest for developers. But I wonder if the OneNote API isn’t a little bit too limited to make any contest product useful to other people.

    I was so excited seeing the OneNote update a year ago. You guys fixed lots of little bugs, and i thought "It’s just a matter of time before they release another update that provides all sorts of cool OneNote capabilities." Like the ability to enter a table. Like the ability to easily hyperlink (and make named hyperlinks). Like the ability to drop-and-drag around sections and folders.

    I’m not the first to have asked for these updates. A quick search through the OneNote newsgroup reveals multiple users who think OneNote should do be able to do these things.

    Instead, us developers been given one import/export class, and told "Go take data from one program and put it into OneNote! Yay! Won’t that be fun?" Come on, guys. I’ll quote Tank: "That’s some major boring shit."

    I have an idea. Release OneNote as Microsoft’s first fully open source software program. Turn your five developers (or however many Microsoft has invested into the project) into five managers – give them the tools and the authority to let a thousand programmers work on developing OneNote. Don’t worry about others stealing your code – your OneNote user base is the perfect group for open source. They’re not techies; they’re lawyers, or wine connesseurs, or high school students, or teachers — they need Microsoft releases and Microsoft support (which, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing).

    Please don’t throw my comments away. I’ve used OneNote for the past year (taking notes in law school) and it’s a better note-taking program than any other software Microsoft makes. But it could be so much better.

    Make OneNote cool and fast and useful. Or, make no changes and write poorly-performing and irrelevant software.

    Your choice.

  4. Ka7mai says:

    Hi Tom,

    (Sorry for not responding to you earlier, but I somehow failed to see that you had commented. I’m not used to people actually reading this stuff I write. 😉

    I agree with you that importing content into OneNote is only one of the many things that developers and users should be capable of. And, as you so eloquently argue, it’s probably not the most exciting feature to some, but it does cover a broad number of scenarios that /are/ important, and more importantly, constitued an ideal first step for our minimal SP1 update. But I hope you won’t assume that means that we’re done! Cause we _most certainly_ are not.

    I know you guys are anxious for another major release, and trust me, we’re anxious as well! After those long, hard hours we’ve got a lot to show you, and we hope you’ll be impressed. But writing good software takes time; particularly software that is performant, stable, and secure. (And let’s face it, that’s one of the best un-advertised features that OneNote offers — it provides a place to put your content without you ever having to worry about it "eating" your data, crashing while you’re in the middle of a meeting, etc.)

    I’m not going to comment on releasing OneNote as Open Source, as it’d be a long debate and probably wouldn’t get us anywhere. (For one thing, I’m the wrong guy to convince. 🙂 But I do know that there’s a lot that Microsoft and the OneNote team can learn from open source projects, and we do hear you on this.

    Never fear, I won’t throw yours (or any other) comments away. Discussion is good, and essential when producing any product that you hope to be useful.



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