Microsoft Won’t Say Why OneNote for iPhone Is US Only

Microsoft Won’t Say Why OneNote for iPhone Is US Only

Last week we reported that there’s a snazzy OneNote client for iPhone, but that it hadn’t been released for Australia. Microsoft eventually got back to us to explain what’s going on, though only if we use “explain” in the loosest possible sense.

Essentially, Microsoft’s stance comes down to this:

  • Currently, OneNote for iPhone is a US-only release. No explanation will be offered as to why this is the case.
  • OneNote for iPhone may eventually see release in other markets, but no timetable or target countries are able to be made public.

I’d guess that localisation might be a factor, but switching from US English to AU English should involve nothing more than swapping out a file, not an entirely new development strategy. If that is the reason, it doesn’t bode well for the product’s future.

Microsoft is of course free to release whatever it likes to whatever markets it chooses, but if I was looking to try and develop a better universal capture system, I’d be avoiding any software that didn’t have clearly-established release plans, and I’d advise anyone else to do the same.


    • The ‘z’ in -ize/-yze is not an Americanism. That’s a myth started in the education sector and sadly perpetuated by the Macquarie dictionary folks. If you look at the OED, it prefers -z- usage to -s- in most cases.

      • Nonetheless, it’s clear that using ‘s’ over ‘z’ remains the dominant pattern in UK (and Australian) English — and that the predominate dialect which uses ‘z’ is American English. Whether the OED prefers one over the other hasn’t actually changed that!

      • @Angus: (Why can’t we reply to your posts? Editorial might?) mostly because of politicization in recent years. I looked back into the history of it about 10 years ago and found that it actually has a fairly recent history. Blaming it on the yanks this time (even given some of the silly things that Samuel Webster did do) is not correct in this case.

        I tend to prefer the -z- anyway when that is the actual sound made.

  • Microsoft only ever has a single worldwide English binary for its products ie it’s US English *everywhere*. ( Data files for spell-checking etc are loaded on demand, but are completely independent of the UI language. )

    • Apple are the champions of doing this. I suggest you look at the Itunes store and how products are available in some countries and not others. Your bias is showing

      • But Apple doesn’t make those availability decisions — the developers (or labels) do. I could blame Apple for making the store available at different times in different countries, but not for what developers do afterwards.

  • Dint worry MS are notorious for producing “catch up” programs then when they don’t get market share they remove all support and then leave loyal MS and people who like there programs (all 12 of them) out in the lurch. Australia isn’t missing anything.

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