Now that Microsoft Office 2010 is in beta (as I noted here), I’ve been spending more time using the applications, especially OneNote 2010 beta. I have long used OneNote for capturing project information when I am working on one of my Windows machines, but its potential as a blogging tool has been on my mind recently.
One of the features Microsoft (GigaOM Pro company profile here) touts for OneNote 2010 is blogging. It makes a lot of sense, because OneNote can serve as an organizer for ideas, a repository for pictures and images, and has tools for composing text. Sounds like the ideal blogging client, right?
For purposes of this post, I created a fresh notebook in OneNote 2010 beta running on Windows 7. The publishing process from OneNote to your blog is straightforward. First you compose your post in OneNote and then choose “Send” from the “File” menu. Choose “Send to Blog.” If you haven’t used OneNote 2010 beta to publish to your blog previously, you’ll receive a prompt to set up a new blog account and then the New Blog Account dialog box appears.
The blogging feature supports Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, SharePoint blog, Microsoft Community Server, TypePad and WordPress. (Disclosure: Automatic, maker of WordPress, is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.) Follow the prompts to set up your new blog account. This is the only time you’ll have to set up your blog for publishing.
The post you composed in OneNote 2010 beta now appears in Word 2010 Beta. It can be easy to miss at first, but what you are actually seeing is Word with the “Blog Post” tab open. From this tab, you have options for publishing and inserting categories. I encourage you to test these features out prior to using them because I noticed some subtle differences between the options available for TypePad and WordPress.
Whether you are comfortable with this or not, it’s certainly off-putting — I would like to know whether my password is being encrypted or not.
I was disappointed that the “Send to Blog” feature relies on MS Word for publishing my posts, because I was expecting a strictly OneNote-to-blog publishing experience. However, if you use OneNote to capture ideas and research information you may still get some mileage out of this feature. Personally, I probably won’t be using the feature on a regular basis because I think using two desktop applications just to compose and publish a blog post is a little too much, though it could be handy if I am writing posts based upon source material I already have in OneNote.
Have you tried blogging from OneNote 2010 Beta? Share your experience below.