Switching to OneNote for my note taking

Monday, June 18th, 2007
I began the day in slate mode, using Windows Journal to take my notes. What I found is that I could not take notes fast enough - at least not blog quality complete thoughts.

Insert thought: for conferences, I really like the small form-factor of the Lenovo X61 Tablet. I'm sure my seatmates appreciate it, too.

I plan to switch to OneNote 2007 as my note-taking tool. I like the interface of a notebook and pages on which to take notes. Note to self: bring an external mic so that I can record sessions in OneNote for review. So, after the break, I'll resume in OneNote 2007 but still in laptop mode and see how it goes.

Discussion/Comments (5):

Switching to OneNote for my note taking

I was at a conference last week as well, the HP Software Universe in Vegas. I used my M200 all week in slate mode to take notes, but was sad to see no other tablets in use at all. One guy at the Vegas airport even asked me, "what kind of device is that you're using?"

OneNote is perfect for that, too, although I didn't use the audio recording feature (I did consider it).

Posted at 06/23/2007 11:21:44 by Perry

re: Switching to OneNote for my note taking

Perry, at the Enterprise 2.0 conference, I was please to see many Tablets, mostly Thinkpads. (To be expected at an enterprise conference). Most were used in laptop mode, probably for the same reasons as me - the ability to type rapidly. When reading or taking casual notes, I switched to slate mode and that worked well for me. I liked having the ability to seamlessly switch between tablet and slate mode on the X61.

Posted at 06/23/2007 11:28:41 by Eric Mack

Switching to OneNote for my note taking

The HP conference was an enterprise affair as well (a combination of the old HP OpenView and Mercury World conferences). But, I think most of the attendees were using their corporate laptops and still most big companies are not buying tablets, unfortunately. (Mine doesn't either. I have a company laptop, but decided to use my personal tablet for taking notes at the conference.)

Posted at 06/23/2007 12:03:49 by Perry

Tablet PCs in the Enterprise

Perry, it's true that we've not seen many Tablet PCs in the enterprise - yet. But I think that is about to change. I think that as tablets like the Lenovo X61 Tablet PC come to market with (the power and flexibility and management tools) we will see more tablet adoption. Now that the X61 is out, I plan to recommend it as a tablet alternative for my enterprise clients that want the flexibility that a tablet PC can offer.

Posted at 06/23/2007 13:00:23 by Eric Mack

Switching to OneNote for my note taking

Oh, I definitely agree that it will change, eventually. Especially now that Vista has the tablet functionality built-in, more people will be exposed to it and decide that they want it. But I think there are still a lot of IT executives who don't understand the value (and I have met plenty of them). I had one tell me a couple of years ago, "Oh, we're not bringing *those things* into the company!"

Posted at 06/23/2007 19:30:12 by Perry

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