Evernote adds business tools

Elsa Wenzel
27 August, 2012
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Popular productivity app/Web service Evernote is targeting small companies with the launch of Evernote Business, which beefs up the note-taking service’s collaboration features while adding some administrative tools.

“Sharing and collaboration is the fundamental thing you want to do at work,” said CEO Phil Libin at the Evernote Trunk conference in San Francisco. “We want Evernote not only to be your personal brain but your company’s brain.”

Evernote Business users will be able to separate personal and professional notebooks; businesses will be able to set up private workspaces. The sharing tab will disappear from Evernote, which will display all notebooks in one place. These changes apply to all of Evernote’s interfaces—on the Web and in its apps for the desktop and the major mobile operating systems.

Evernote promises that it won’t mine users’ data, giving companies and individuals full data-ownership. “We came up with a kind of playground solution, which is what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours,” Libin said, adding that most of Evernote’s 38 million users are professionals. Evernote also will introduce phone support.

In beta testing until December, the service will cost US$10 per month.

In addition, Libin called a “ceasefire” to Evernote’s war against paper, with the launch of a smart Moleskine notebook, which will retail for US$24.95 and US$29.95 when it ships in October.

Additionally, an updated iPhone and iPad app, available from the weekend, adds a Page Camera feature for digitising content from the notebooks, whose pages are formatted for Evernote.

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