Microsoft delivers a major update to OneNote for all Apple platforms

Microsoft's OneNote app has been pushed into the limelight recently as Microsoft has been making the product available on nearly every mobile platform. The company is showing no signs of slowing down either as they are today announcing "major updates" for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone.

Microsoft says that they are addressing the top requests that they received from customers since they released updates back in May. The updates for Mac include the following enhancements:

  • OneDrive for Business: Create, open, edit, and sync OneDrive for Business notebooks alongside your personal OneDrive notebooks.
  • Insert Files: Office documents, PDFs, video/audio files can be inserted into your notes, opened as read-only and saved for later.
  • Protected Sections: Lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows.
  • PDF Printouts: Add a PDF printout to any page and then take notes on it in OneNote.
  • Organize better: Move pages and sections around your notebooks to get them organized the way you want.
  • Share a Page as Email: With HTML, formatting maintained.

Updates to OneNote for iOS are also quite significant, and include the following:

  • Streamlined First Run Experience: Access your notebooks across OneDrive and OneDrive for Business faster with a prompt for Microsoft Account and Organizational Account.
  • Insert Files: Office documents, PDFs, video/audio files can be inserted into your notes, opened with a double-tap, and shared with AirDrop.
  • Protected Sections: Lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows.
  • PDF Printouts: Add a PDF printout to any page and then take notes on it in OneNote.
  • Organize better: Move pages and sections around your notebooks to get them organized the way you want.

Based on the changes, you can see why Microsoft is referring to these updates as "major". Improvements across the entire platform for OneNote on Apple's OS X and iOS will hopefully appease those users and further cement Microsoft's commitment to producing quality software on any platform.

If you haven't ever tried OneNote and find yourself using Word or Notepad to take notes during meetings or school, it's worth checking it out as it is free and an easy way to organize your notes. 

Source: Microsoft

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What is up with the "cropping" tool on iPad? It seems useful if you are trying to resize and reshape a photo of a piece of paper. If you just want to crop the photo down, the tool is atrocious for that (as it wants to reshape the image in an odd way). What am I missing?

Umm there was a major update to the Android version already, and the Windows versions already have all these features. :)

j2006 said,
Umm there was a major update to the Android version already, and the Windows versions already have all these features. :)

Oh really, I can open password protected sections on my phone? Funny.

It is great they are updating it but there's still a couple things missing from the Mac version:

When you copy/paste content from a website, on the PC version (in at least ON 2010, I've not tried the newest on PC) it would include a link where you copied the content from. This is annoyingly missing on Mac

Web Clipper. Why does it just save an image of a website (in poor quality) rather than exporting the text and images so you can manipulate the bits you want and even search if need be?

You can't unlock password-protected sections in the modern version of OneNote for Windows, nor in OneNote for Windows Phone. This is major limitation for my use case.

But I suppose if these features are coming to Apple's platforms, then there is hope that us lowly Windows users might someday see them too. You know, once the high priority customers are take care of. /s

What do you mean? I can unlock mine in the metro version on my Surface without any problems. I remember a friend had a similar issue and it was because there was a syncing error. Maybe look into that?

Cancel that. It's very strange because I used to be able to, but it seems after this new UI came they removed it?

Silversee said,
....

Glad to see you didn't disappoint. I was hoping the first comment would be someone bashing MS' efforts to the tune of not taking care of their own house first.

deadonthefloor said,

Glad to see you didn't disappoint. I was hoping the first comment would be someone bashing MS' efforts to the tune of not taking care of their own house first.
Lolll me too.

deadonthefloor said,

Glad to see you didn't disappoint. I was hoping the first comment would be someone bashing MS' efforts to the tune of not taking care of their own house first.

I was mimicking to whiners to make a point (hence the /s), though just because some people have annoying emotional issues regarding their favorite platforms doesn't make the criticism any less valid.

I love that Microsoft is now all-in on cross platform support--this is long overdue. But if they intend to do this right, they need to treat their customers with equal consideration regardless of their platform choice. Nobody expects full feature parity to be released in lock-step everywhere; not even Microsoft can do that. But they could be a lot more transparent about their plans for other platforms when they release something new. This doesn't mean giving dates or specific promises, just a "hey, we're working on it" would be fine. Right now, there is no roadmap for anything and no public commitment to deliver a common experience everywhere.

j2006 said,
Cancel that. It's very strange because I used to be able to, but it seems after this new UI came they removed it?
This has never worked in the modern app. Never. Ever.