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Microsoft Beefs Up OneNote for Windows, Android, iOS, Web

Redmond is doubling down on its OneNote note-taking app. Yesterday Microsoft announced a major new upgrade for the app. The latest versions contain a number of new features for a variety of devices, including iOS and Android updates, that will begin rolling out in the next couple weeks. Among the new features is the ability to add audio and attach files to your notes (pictured).

The increased functionality should help OneNote keep pace with the features available in other popular note-taking programs, such as Evernote and Apple Notes. Although Microsoft seems to be positioning the upgrades as particularly valuable for students and educators, some of the new functionality should also go a long way toward making business users happy as well.

Aiming for Students and Teachers

“Whether you’re preserving a lecture for posterity or practicing your accent, a recording is the natural way to capture it,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Students can easily practice pronunciations for a foreign language class or capture their latest guitar solo in music class. Teachers can give quick audio feedback to students — directly in their Class Notebook.”

The upgrade brings audio recording to the Web, iPhone, and iPad versions of the app, with additional updates and more features on the way, the company said.

The other feature Microsoft is pitching as an educational tool is OneNote’s new file attachment capability. Students using OneNote to take notes in class can immediately attach any additional materials, such as PowerPoint slides, that the teacher might send. For teachers, the company is selling the program as a lesson-planning tool that allows them to insert files directly onto pages.

New Android, iOS, and Windows Features

Android devices, meanwhile, are getting an upgrade in the form of a new Android badge. The badge, which can be placed anywhere on the screen, can float even when other apps are being used. The update makes it easier for users to copy and paste notes from other applications or jot down ideas without disrupting their workflows. The OneNote badge will be rolling out in phases over the next three weeks, the company said.

The iOS version is also getting special treatment. The latest version for Apple devices is getting Force Touch support, which will allow users to create new notes or navigate to their recent notes by changing the amount of pressure they apply with their fingers. The iOS is also getting some display optimization to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new screen resolution.

The Web app and mobile devices aren’t the only versions getting upgrades. OneNote 2016 for Windows desktop is also getting some new features, such as the ability to embed online videos directly into its desktop canvas environment. The new feature allows users to embed YouTube, Vimeo, and content from other online video platforms directly into their notes.

Muhammad Ali:

Posted: 2015-11-15 @ 7:35am PT

I could never understand the significance of this software by Microsoft….!!

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