Microsoft enhances OneNote, revamps for consistent cross-platform look

By , Jul 1, 2013

OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Microsoft’s otherwise fine OneNote app has seen little updates on mobile devices, with Evernote and other offerings beating the Windows giant handily to the note-taking punch.

Figuring it better do something about it, the Redmond firm on Monday issued a pretty major 2.0 update to iOS and Android builds which brings consistent look and feel across Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.

And in addition to rendering ink on your iDevices, version 2 of OneNote enables full support for Office 365 notebooks in SkyDrive Pro, rich formatting toolbars on iPads to style your notes, search across notes and more. If you can’t live without Microsoft’s Office suite and prefer to run productivity apps from a single vendor for seamless sync, you should give OneNote a try…

On the iPhone side, the app has finally been optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller display. Even better, multiple people can collaborate on the same note and sketches drawn on Windows tablets will render properly on your iDevices.

The updated software supports editing your existing tables and automatically syncs notes across devices via built-in support for Microsoft’s SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint services.

Here, check out a quick promo.

Compared to the previous version, the new OneNote apps looks consistent across devices and platforms, down to your notes and ink annotations that now look virtually indistinguishable whether you’re viewing them on your iPhone, iPad or Android.

OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

Check out the new formatting toolbar on iPads.

OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

The iPad build also supports creating new tables and the tablet’s bigger canvas lets you fill the screen with your notes in the handy full screen view.

iPhone screenies right below.

OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Two more.

OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)OneNote 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

To learn more about this update, check out Microsoft’s Office blog post.

If you’re upgrading from a previous version, Microsoft advises syncing your existing application data before upgrading.

You can download the iPhone/iPod touch or iPad build free from the App Store or grab an update for your Android device from Google’s Play store.

The Android build also supports audio notes and home screen widgets for quickly adding notes, images and audio from your Home screen.

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    • Smuys

      This isn’t youtube, it’s a blog, we don’t post those kind of useless comments around here. Even if we did, what would that accomplish?

      • Name

        It accomplished my goal of getting your attention…so thanks

      • Kurt

        You did great buddy…ignore those trolls. You were first and deserve the prize.

  • bw00ds

    This update is great and is a must-have. I’ve been using OneNote and the OneNote app since inception. This update is faster and ELIMINATES THE STUPID 500 NOTE limit. Previously, if you exceeded 500 notes, you could no longer edit or take notes. Not a problem for me as I only wanted the app to carry around my notes. To edit and add notes to exceed 500 notes, you had to do an in-app purchase of $4.99. That is no longer.

    The search is MUCH, much faster now, too. Well, faster isn’t even the word. It is immediate as you start typing. Super! No need to press “Sync Now” as it automatically syncs.

    The look is much better now, too. Much cleaner. I love this new version.

  • Lutiher

    526 MB for mobile app? Ridiculous.

  • Kurt

    Does Microsoft kindly give our notes from OneNote to the lovely NSA?