Android: Password protected sections
Vote for this if you want to be able to create and use password protected sections in OneNote for Android, providing added security and privacy for your notes.
We heard your feedback. Now you can also add a password to a section to keep your notes safe. OneNote also supports opening password protected sections with a fingerprint.
I just subscribed to MS Office 365. I was astonished to find that I will not be able to open password protected OneNote pages on my Galaxy S5 phone. This will probably be a show stopper for me and Office 365.
rick r commented
I sure understand the upset expressed by many of the comments about unavailability of password protection in the Android version. I just switched from the iPhone to a Galaxy s6, and I was astonished to find the password protection was no longer available for my new platform. However in Microsoft's defense I can tell you that these same kinds of howls were common for the iphone version, I being one of the loudest howlers! express the same upset when I was an iPhone user. I also made many negative comments to Microsoft about the absence of this feature. ultimately however Microsoft did deliver password protection, and it works beautifully. I think this is a very tricky inter platform integration challenge, and I for one would definitely not like them to rush delivery of it. so I'm upset enough to abandon my new galaxy and go back to the iPhone to get this capability back. but I'm so impressed with what the Android platform gives me over and above the iPhone that is a close call. bottom line I believe Microsoft takes this very seriously and working hard to provide it.
Denise Vajdak commented
If I have a shared notebook and I have various sections password protected, I need the ability to open those sections from a mobile device and have others be able to open the sections I have shared with them. When I do travel arrangements, I don't want to have to set up a new notebook for each and every conference for each person. I also don't want sections with sensitive data unprotected on my device, so I do need to get to them when needed. This is not a feature request....it's a problem that needs to be corrected ASAP or else it becomes useless.
Responsiveness to client requests does not seem to be your top priority it seems, eh ...?
Former MS Customer commented
Microsoft clearly has little interest in supporting this critical issue. It has been voted the 2nd most requested feature yet it has been consistently ignored for years now. Omeed Chandra's respond from March 26th tells us nothing useful. A "Program Manager" for a product should be able to offer something far more concrete. It's clear Microsoft is doing all they can to simply avoid this issue. The bigger question is: Why?
Just to be really clear, our company has abandoned MS Office entirely in part because of this issue. We need to take reasonable measures to keep our company data secure and Microsoft refuses to offer such security on the most popular mobile platform--Android. You would think a giant company like Microsoft would understand the need for such security. The fact they're ignoring it implies they either are not serious about multi-platform support, or it's yet another misguided intentional attack against competing platforms. How did that Scroogled campaign work out for you Microsoft? Is this more of the same?
Every honest project has a timeline & completion deadline. What's yours ??
Got rid of your mobile app ... useless without compatibility password unlock with PC versions.
Hope your advertisers read this .... incompetence.
@Omeed Chandra, Why ask your customers to vote at all if you're going to just sweep their overwhelming preferences under the rug by saying the 2nd most requested feature "is just one of the many improvements our users have requested, so we are forced to make tough decisions" ??? What's so "tough" about honoring at least the top two requests for OneNote ASAP? Why has there been zero solid information from Microsoft on this top request for THREE YEARS now and you still can't offer any solid information?
Microsoft's actions speak far louder than your words. Either gives us something concrete or, by every indication, another 3 years will go by with zero progress on this issue. Honestly, take a step back and read what everyone has been asking for.
How can you justify this being a difficult decision if you're genuinely interested in the needs of OneNote users? Given Nadella's new multi-platform mantra I would think the status quo at Microsoft might finally change. Or are his words equally empty and the media needs to be aware when Microsoft says they're committed to "multi-platform support" it comes with some huge onerous long-standing blatant exceptions.
Chelsea Craft commented
Let's cut the nonsense. You know darn well that no one is requesting a new feature here. Pretending like your customers are not asking for you to REPAIR their BROKEN product because it is DYSFUNCTIONAL is not going to win us over. You are insulting us by faking as though you don't understand this is about your teams FAILURE to put out a working product that was falsely hyped as being able to synchronize with our other versions of OneNote. This smug, patronizing tone and treating us like you can't hear us will only earn you more negativity here. It's called a CONSEQUENCE. It's not up to us to lower our expectations of your product as it was described to us.... and accept that we aren't going to get what we paid for. That's not how this works. If you have some delusion that your victims just have to get over themselves and accept less of you while acting eternally grateful for getting anything at all... you need a new job.
@Omeed Chandra - Hogwash. Microsoft has had time. Their actions indicate that they do not care about Android - I await proof to the contrary. Your words mean nothing.
It's worth noting this is currently the 2nd highest ranked request for OneNote for Android yet Microsoft hasn't even commented on it as they have most of the other top requests. Android has the largest market share of all mobile operating systems (in fact there are more Android devices in the world than all Windows devices and PCs of any flavor combined!). So what's the rational behind forcing Android users to abandon OneNote and chose other software solutions?
It's not like we're going to join the paltry 3% who buy Windows Phones just to get proper OneNote support. If anything, ignoring a top requested feature for 3 years drives people away from Microsoft products in general.
It's not like Microsoft can argue they're a small company and lack the resources to equally support OneNote on the most popular mobile operating system in the world. And it's not like it's technically impossible as plenty of other Android applications support encryption--including OneNote's biggest competitor: Evernote
So can someone from Microsoft please comment here and let us know when we can expect this feature? Or should we just stop asking, and give up on Microsoft OneNote/Office, as there are no plans to ever support it?
It's been 3 years since OneNote was first released for Android. And, if you look, you'll find people were requesting password support then. Microsoft really doesn't get it, doesn't care, or is intentionally discriminating against Android--despite all of Nadella's promises about cross-platform support.
The lack of password support renders OneNote useless for most business applications where at least one user requires Android support and there's a need for confidentiality and/or intellectual property protection. So entire companies are forced to abandon OneNote because Microsoft refuses to even address this issue let alone finally support it after 3 years.
It also makes OneNote a non-starter for personal use where privacy is a concern compared to Evernote. Finally, there's increasing concern about servers being hacked or otherwise compromised and it's happening more often. That's another reason many want a product that supports encryption. Microsoft might be the next Sony.
I am using a third party app to protect my OneNote app on my Android phone. However I must leave the program unprotected on my laptop and Win 8 tablet in order to access the program on my phone. Completely unacceptable.
Mike Bailey commented
After all these years I still don't think Microsoft understands the concept of cross-platform functionality. Evernote lets me password protect a single note and access it from ANY platform.
can't believe this. just purchased an android tablet to replace former playbook and the compatibility with one note was a major reason. guess i should have did more research and then i wouldn't be so disappointed in the fact you can't access your password protected notes. anyone have any suggestions on other apps that work between pc and android with the password protection feature?
Benjamin Bullis commented
Cant even believe this needs to be requested...
Tom Zeibig commented
This is essential, otherwise there is NO point in migrating to OneNote
Helen lewis commented
Would be very happy if you do this! Seems I should be looking at Evernote....
Jan van IJsseldijk commented
I cannot use Onenote as I want it. I have pp notes on my desktop and even not viewing it on the way. This should be a very very simple solution.
Off to Evernote. Sorry I wasted my time.
Extraordinarily foolish omission. Very unhappy, now using another product.