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Google’s note-taking service isn’t a keeper

Sometimes there is nothing like trying something new to make you appreciate what you already have. Spend some time with Google Inc.’s newest online service, Keep, and you may find yourself falling in love with Keep’s chief competitors — the popular record-keeping program Evernote and Microsoft Corp.’s venerable OneNote.

Surely that was not the reaction Google had in mind when it introduced Keep a few weeks ago. Keep is a nice enough service that lets smartphone users combine text, photos, and audio recordings to keep track of everyday events. But it is not nearly as capable as its more sophisticated rivals. And given Google’s habit of shutting down underperforming services, I am not sure I want them holding on to more of my stuff.

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