Microsoft has made its OneNote note-taking application a key part of its larger cloud strategy for Microsoft Office, attempting to challenge Evernote as a way for users to sync to-do lists and notes across devices. Now it looks like Google is headed in this direction, as well (again).
Some sleuthing by Google+ user IE100 has uncovered new evidence (including the icon pictured here) that Google is working on its own note-taking application, and the news site Android Police got a brief glimpse of the actual service (before it was taken offline) suggesting that it’s set for launch relatively soon.
As noted by the Verge, his wouldn’t be the first foray into note-taking for Google, which previously had a service called Google Notebook. The company also offers integrated task lists in Gmail.
Android Police reports: “Google Keep works a lot like Google Notebook used to: There’s a list of notes, and you can color-code them, save pictures, and make checklists. You can archive notes, which will send them to a section at the bottom of your list.”
No official word from Google, but the hint of a new product is interesting in part because the company has been giving the axe to many of its other services. Apparently note-taking is important enough to its broader strategy that the company is willing to bring it back.