Microsoft launches new capabilities for OneNote

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 15 May 2015
Microsoft launches new capabilities for OneNote

Microsoft has launched a number of new capabilities for OneNote, its digital note-taking software.

Now users can search their handwritten notes that are in their OneNote notebooks in the same way that they can search through typed text and text within images.

“Handwritten notes saved to OneDrive are processed and searchable within two to five minutes and any pre-existing handwritten notes in your OneNote notebooks stored on OneDrive will be processed and searchable in the coming weeks,” said Greg Akselrod and Avneesh Kohli, program managers on the OneNote team, in their Office blog. “Just type your search query into the OneNote search box to locate the page and the specific handwritten note. With OneNote’s powerful handwriting recognition, you’ll never have to worry about losing your notes again.”

Microsoft has also released OneNote for the Apple Watch so that users can access content when they’re on the go. Using the solution, users are able to capture any quick idea, to-do, or thought wherever they are, thanks to the dictation functionality.

 “We designed OneNote for Apple Watch with a strong focus on lightweight interactions and placed a premium on convenience,” Akselrod and Kohli said. “A core principle of our design was ensuring that you could quickly and easily reference the information you are looking for. If you pinned a note on OneNote for iPhone, we’ll surface it right at the top of your Apple Watch app, so you don’t need to hunt for it. This is perfect for when you’re frequently checking your to-do list.”

An update to OneNote for iPad has also been made which offers a new and improved way to organise notebooks. Similar to the OneNote for iPhone experience, users can now easily swipe from the left to view the drawer where they view all their notebooks, open or create notebooks, reorder and close notebooks. Additionally, users can now more easily access and manage their accounts and app settings in this all-new user interface. This makes all the ideas and information they keep in OneNote more convenient to recall.

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