OneNote 2010 (Includes Software Assurance) (English)


OneNote 2010 is a note-taking software application that can help workers capture, organize, and reuse information across their organization. They can gather and store many types of content, such as typed documents, hand-drawn sketches, and audio clips. All of this content can be custom-indexed — by names, dates, departments, priority, or other criteria. OneNote information can then become the basis of other projects — from reports to speeches — and can be shared among team members.

The 2010 version adds the Fluent user interface, which simplifies navigation by replacing menus and toolbars with a set of task-based tabs known as the Ribbon. The Ribbon's new File tab displays Microsoft Office Backstage view, which provides users with commonly accessed commands when opening or finishing a document and groups together related tasks.

OneNote allows users to create multiple notebooks and add an unlimited number of sections, pages, and subpages to each. Users can have multiple notebooks open at once and search all notebooks simultaneously. OneNote automatically saves and indexes content as it's added to a notebook.

OneNote can be docked on one side of the screen to allow users to take notes while using other programs. The Linked Notes feature allows users to take notes in Word, PowerPoint, or Internet Explorer and provides a link to the location where a note was taken in a source document. Content can also be sent to OneNote from virtually any program through the Send to OneNote virtual printer.

Shared notebooks, stored on a network file server, enable multiple people to work in the same notebook at the same time, or at different times, from different locations. Integration with the free OneNote Web App, one of the new Microsoft Office Web Apps, extends collaboration by giving notebook access to users over any web browser. When multiple users are working on a shared notebook, automatic highlighting notifies users of any changes since they last opened the notebook. A version history of notebook pages allows unwanted changes can be rolled back.

32-Bit and x64 Versions: The installation media for this product include two sets of DVDs and can be used for either 32-bit or x64 systems.

Important Volume Licensing Information: With Office 2010 suites and applications, organizations can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). Organizations will be provided with both types of keys on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website.

Microsoft recommends KMS activation only for organizations with at least 50 networked computers requiring activation for any combination of Office 2010 suites and applications, including Project 2010 and Visio 2010. Organizations with fewer than 50 computers requiring activation or organizations with non-networked computers should activate their products using a MAK. For help deciding which type of key to use, Microsoft offers instructions on how to use a MAK or KMS key to activate volume editions of Office 2010.

Acquiring the Installation Media and License Key: Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. Installation media will be shipped to you free of charge.

The license allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received donations for. This quantity is specified in the donation email sent to your organization email address after your eligibility has been verified and your administrative fee has been received. A separate email will give you information about obtaining your license key.

Software Assurance: Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.



  • 500-MHz (or higher) processor; 2-GHz recommended for OneNote Audio Search
  • 256 MB or more RAM; 512 MB recommended for certain advanced functionality; 1 GB recommended for OneNote Audio Search
  • 1.5 GB available hard-disk space
  • 1024x576-pixel (or higher) display
  • DVD drive


  • Windows XP with SP3 (32-bit only), Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit) with MSXML 6.0, Windows Server 2008 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, 32-bit browser only

Additional requirements for some features or advanced functionality:

  • Windows Desktop Search 3.0; Windows Desktop Search 4.0 recommended
  • Windows Media Player 9.0
  • Active Sync 4.1
  • Microphone, audio output device, video recording device (such as a webcam), TWAIN-compatible digital camera or scanner
  • For the Send to OneNote print driver — .NET Framework 3.0 or later and Windows XPS features
  • For graphics hardware acceleration — DirectX 9.0c–compatible graphics card
  • For OneNote Web App — Internet connection and Windows Live ID or SharePoint Foundation 2010