Microsoft already offers a OneNote app for iOS, but it hasn’t released one for Mac up till now. Its not like there is any shortage of note-taking applications on Mac, but the company appears to be bent on competing with rival Evernote. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley hears from several sources that Microsoft is preparing to release a full-fledged free OneNote for Mac app “soon.”

It is quite possible that OneNote for Mac may come as part of the revamped Office for Mac suite. A company executive confirmed yesterday that Microsoft has once again started development of Office for Mac. Its popular productivity suite hasn’t received a major update on the platform for almost four years. While it may drop later this year, the possibility exists that OneNote for Mac release will take place separately.

As part and parcel of the updated release of OneNote Microsoft will reportedly offer a new OneNote clipper service and Office Lens. Clipper service will synchronize links between PC and mobile browsers. Office Lens will be an app able to use the camera for optical character recognition. Snapshots would then be uploaded to the cloud.

Sources also claim that Microsoft is going to release OneNote as a free app for desktop Windows. It is claimed that OneNote’s programming interfaces will be further opened up for developers as well. Microsoft is yet to comment on this.

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