Fortune: Microsoft Innovates with a Vengeance:

"Probably the most important product was a new software application called Microsoft OneNote. It will become part of the Microsoft Office software suite when a major revision emerges next summer. OneNote is integrated software for taking notes. That may not sound like much, but Microsoft aims to remake the way we track everyday information, especially at work....OneNote also has other interesting features, including the ability to easily e-mail a document containing all those different data types."

Microsoft OneNote product page, press release.

Steven Johnson: "I think there's something very smart in the premise here, which is that note-taking is as distinct an activity as creating a spreadsheet or a presentation, and thus deserves its own application."