As the many OneNote integration options described in this article suggest, the boundaries between Office applications are blurring, with OneNote serving as a robustly useful complement to traditional Office applications in a wide range of information item management and collaboration scenarios.
In terms of what’s next in OneNote’s ongoing evolution, hopefully Microsoft will continue to expand OneNote-related integration options, with, for example, linking options for Outlook e-mail message items and perhaps Visio diagrams.
In addition, given OneNote’s large and rapidly-growing user population, it’s possible application vendors such as Adobe will add support for OneNote linking in their Windows products (e.g., Acrobat, for PDF files). Longer term, it’s likely the boundaries between traditional Office applications will further blur, with OneNote serving as a type of “infinite journal,” as envisioned in the tantalizing Microsoft Courier research project.
In terms of what’s next in this article series, we’ll next review OneNote’s Internet-related features, and then explore OneNote’s distributed information management services in more detail.