For those of you that missed it, the folks at Evernote are making some interesting changes to the product. In a blog post that was published on Tuesday, Evernote announced that the free version of Evernote will be limited to just two devices(this includes smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers running the evernote app) and 60 megabytes of storage. However, using Evernote from their website does not count towards your two device quota.
If you want to pay for it, Evernote Plus will now cost you $34.99 (£26). This will allow you to use evernote with more than two devices. Evernote Premium goes up from $49.99(£38) to $69.99(£52) and will give you the ability to search for text inside of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.
For a bit of context, Evernote is a note-taking app that allows you to quickly put some notes down and have them automatically transferred between your phone, tablet or dekstop/laptop computer.
I want to start out here by saying that I like Evernote and I have been using it for a long time. I think that this is a move that a lot of long-time users of the free version of Evernote will not like. There will be a lot of people that will think “why are you doing this? I want to use the product for free and yet you are further limiting my capability to do so”. To those people using the free version of their software I say that you should move your stuff out of Evernote and onto some other platform. After all, nobody is forcing you to use Evernote.
Microsoft’s OneNote application is very similar to Evernote in terms of functionality and the free version gives you 5GB of free storage. Incidentally, Microsoft has made an Evernote to OneNote conversion tool that makes it easy to convert from EverNote to OneNote. As a matter of fact, I have switched to OneNote already.
On the business side of the equation, you also have to think about Evernote as a company. You have a lot of people using their product. Some of them are using the free version so. With that being said we have to remember that Evernote does not put adverts into their application so somebody needs to pay for it.