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.

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