Though I can't really imagine what kind of mix Microsoft will be able to come out with (simplicity + features?), I have to admit I find myself using Notepad all the time, for small notes, lists, pretty much everything but editorial articles when I switch to Word...

[URL=http://news.com.com/2100-1040-966116.html?tag=lh]OneNote[/URL], a new PC application expected to be introduced during a keynote address by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, is the Redmond, Wash.-based company's attempt to make it easy to transcribe quick notes, preserve URLs and easily find information on your hard drive.

Conceptually, OneNote, expected to debut by the middle of next year, is similar to word processing, but it is intended for quick handling of short notes as opposed to long multipart documents, Microsoft said.