MobileNoter SE for Android syncs with SharePoint Server!

February 25, 2012

Another update to MobileNoter SE for Android – this time it’s a huge addition – an ability to sync your OneNote notes with the SharePoint Server. This puts MobileNoter into the leader of note-taking software in the number of sync services supported. Why is it important? Because the major vendors use the sync service to lock users up.

Take Evernote – it’s a nice service, but you have to cough up $5 a month for a premium plan (read: for ability to really use it), your data are locked on the Evernote servers, and you just don’t have any choice. This is a terrible proposition for most users. Evernote started strong a few years ago, but their expensive subscriptions are going to significantly slow their growth down as more alternatives appear.

Let’s review sync options for the MobileNoter users:

  • Dropbox. This is great for personal usage. Dropbox is a well-known service that’s been around for a while. You get 2GB of storage for free, and you can get more if you help them with their marketing.
  • SkyDrive. Again, great for personal usage. You get 25GB of storage for free.
  • Personal computer. This option comes with advantages and some disadvantages. It is harder to setup, because it requires a Windows sync client to be installed. Another disadvantage is that when using cloud sync (as opposed to WiFi), there is a monthly subscription, even though it’s not nearly as expensive as that of Evernote. The advantages are that the storage is only limited by your hard drive, and that you have complete control over your notes.
  • SharePoint Server, which is great for enterprise usage. I doubt that an average IT department is going to be thrilled over sensitive company information sitting on Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Evernote servers. The best option is to deploy a SharePoint Server, and give the employees the ability to use it for cloud note syncing.

Finally, I can’t help, but notice: even Microsoft OneNote for iOS/Android isn’t able to sync with Microsoft SharePoint Server. You are welcome.


MobileNoter SE HD for Android updated

February 19, 2012

MobileNoter SE HD for Android has been updated in the Google Android Market. Just like with MobileNoter SE update – this update offers full inking capabilities, plus other niceties like copy/paste and undo/redo functions. See our product blog for more details.

Microsoft releases OneNote for Android

February 11, 2012

Microsoft released OneNote for Android 3 days ago.

Microsoft doesn’t stop from surprising us again. First, they started with releasing OneNote for iPhone, which didn’t even launch on the phone for most users. Now, they are releasing software for Android, a Google’s platform. Yes, that Google, which is not even a real company, according to Microsoft’s CEO.

To be fair, this release does start on Android devices for most users. The user comments are filled with complaints though, about the things that work perfectly in MobileNoter for Android, including search, formatting, tags, etc.

To keep up with the coming competition, we just slashed the price for MobileNoter SE version.

Funware Development sold

February 5, 2012

Funware Development is a small startup I started a year and a half ago to develop games for social networks. A few weeks ago I pulled the plug and sold it to a company from Moscow.

Funware Development was a really lean startup. So lean that the max number of employees working for it (myself excluded because I didn’t get salary) was 3. Nevertheless, we delivered over 10 games and applications to Odnoklassniki, Moi Mir and VKontakte social networks. The total number of installations of these apps is just under 14 millions. Several months ago we were among the top 20 companies (for Russian social networks) based on these numbers. Despite the large number of users, the monetization didn’t go well, and eventually it became clear that the thing just wasn’t worth the trouble. If you are interested in numbers, the total revenue (including the sale of the company) was about $26K with all the costs totaling in about $26K. That’s right, the total profit over the startup’s life is about zero. It’s not as bad as it sounds, because most startups don’t even recover the money that were spent on them.

We surely made many mistakes along the way, and it is clear that we could really make it work. The hindsight is always 20/20 though. I’ve learned so many new things that no amount of reading other people’s blogs could deliver. Lessons learned, moving on.

The picture above is an actual screenshot from the site before I took it down.