From the 3rd article in my OneNote article series
OneNote is a robustly useful application for hypertext information management and collaboration. The first two articles in this series (“Exploring Microsoft OneNote, a Content and Collaboration Chameleon” and “Information Item Management in Microsoft OneNote” provided an overview of OneNote and its information item creation and collection capabilities. This article focuses on the complementary fit between OneNote and the currently more widely-used other Office applications.
OneNote is not intended to be a personal productivity panacea or some sort of uber-application. It’s a powerful application for a wide range of information management and collaboration scenarios, but it is not, for example, an attempt to resurrect the general-purpose compound document model envisioned by the designers of Microsoft’s Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) architecture in the late 1980s. Instead, OneNote should be considered more complementary than competitive with the traditional Office applications, a means of more flexibly working with the various types of information items managed by other applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.