Can Microsoft OneNote for mobile devices save files outside of OneDrive?
Some of our colleagues use OneNote on their tablets (read: iPad and Android), and are suggesting we deploy it company-wise, meaning that every manager in the company would receive a company-owned, company-configured iPad or Android tablet and be officially instructed to take notes with it during meetings. In order to do that, we would need to save files on the company file-servers, because we cannot trust Microsoft with any work-related data. Said file-servers are accessible via shared folders, WebDAV and an internal OwnCloud installation.
The problem is, it looks like mobile OneNote apps for iOS and Android have two limitations:
- they need to be signed-in to a Microsoft account (the iOS app would not even launch otherwise)
- they save files exclusively on Microsoft's servers
Is it truly so? Isn't there a paid version that removes those restrictions?
Please come forward with any suggestion on how to circumvent this. One solution we already thought of is asking Microsoft, but we think they will want to make us maintain an on-premises sharepoint server, while we would prefer to rely on our battle proven file-server.
Another option would be to embrace one of Microsoft OneNote's competitors, but it would have to meet those requirements:
- a similar feature set to OneNote's
- specifically, support for stylus pen handwriting
- a corresponding desktop app to edit, organize and otherwise work with those notes taken on the field from the comfort of a desktop workstation
We already have OneNote installed on every desktop and notebook company-wise, as part of a Microsoft Office Professional 2010, 2013 or 2016 installation. The desktop version of OneNote can save files to a user-specified location on the local file-system. I believe a similar option should be the default for all apps on any platform, but it seems Microsoft thinks otherwise.
I'd like to add that managers are pushing towards this because they want to be allowed to officially use a tool they now use unofficially on their personal iOS and Android devices. I think they would resist the introduction of a different device, e.g. a Windows tablet (because they would have to learn its workings) or a different software (unless it closely matches OneNote's interface and functionality).