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New OS suggestion: Windows (and why I'm serious that -or even a Linux-Version- would be a good idea)

Konrad Heberlein Dec 11, 2018 11:15AM PST

Dear Outline-Team,

you're probably aware that OneNote is a big topic in education note-taking. This is not only true for students but for educators as well. I'm a teacher and have been using OneNote for 7 years now - and so have many of my colleagues.

Unfortunately Microsoft's road for OneNote leads into the cloud - entirely. And unless they're gonna change something about this it's likely to put an end to many uses of this great product as laws regarding privacy are quite strict in Germany and the EU prohibiting upload of personal information of our pupils to Microsofts servers.

That's why I (and probably a lot of people - for diverse reasons) would love to see an alternative with continued development and support that we are able to run on our (school) equipment which is (likely to remain) not Macs but Windows-PCs. A drop-in-replacement for OneNote in this environment would be highly welcome and I see a significant market for this.

Why I also suggest Linux?! If in the long run Microsoft's cloud-policies should eventually completely disqualify Windows as an OS to use at schools (and some businesses) it is also not likly to be replaced by Macs/Ipads as we're probably running into the same privacy issues there as well. Linux might be a good OS to go with then.

Are there any chances you go either of these ways?

Thanks in advance for your answer!

Konrad Heberlein

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Outline Dec 16, 2018 07:50PM PST OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hello Konrad,
thank you for your interest. Right now we do not have plans to master new platforms, however we pay our closest attention to users' needs and requests. We'll see if we can go down this road somewhere in future.

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