Microsoft updates OneNote app for Windows

Three weeks after rolling out a major update for Apple devices, and just a few days after improving its Online offering, Microsoft has today announced the latest update for its app on Windows. These improvements are specific to the Windows Store app (or the 'Modern' app, if you prefer), available on Windows 8, 8.1 and RT, rather than the full Desktop application. 

Microsoft announced additional features in three key areas: 


Printing

Microsoft says that the ability to print notebooks and pages has been "the single biggest feature request" for OneNote on Windows, and today, the company delivered that feature to its users. 

For keyboard users, printing a page is as easy as pressing Ctrl+P. Those using touch displays can do so by swiping in the App Bar from the bottom and tapping 'Print Page', or by going to the Devices charm and tapping Print. Microsoft promises that of all the usual printing support you might expect is included, such as previews, portrait/landscape orientation, multiple copies and duplex printing. 


File attachments and PDF printouts

Many of Microsoft's customers also requested the addition of file attachments and PDF printout support, and Microsoft has now delivered these too. You can now add files directly to your notes, making it easier to organize information from different programs and across devices. 

From the radial menu, tap Insert > File, and then attach the file to your note. If you insert a PDF into your note (Insert > PDF Printout), the entire document will become available within OneNote, allowing you to read, highlight and add text to the PDF.


Highlighting 

A new option is now available in the radial menu, allowing users to highlight text using either a stylus or their finger. The pen color and thickness can both be customized from this menu. 

Along with these additions, Microsoft says that the latest update brings "many other improvement [sic] ... including accessibility updates and numerous bug fixes". 

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Well, yes, Microsoft has added printing support, but unfortunately, just like the Mail app, it is not possible to print out a range of pages. You would think that Microsoft developers would know how to use their own printing APIs, but apparently not. Perhaps the OneNote team should talk to their IE11 colleagues - they figured out how to use the printing APIs a long time ago.

Still waiting for the ability to use this version of OneNote with notebooks created on anything other than OneDrive or Office 365. Not much of a BYOD device if you can't open a notebook from an on-premises SharePoint site.

I still have to use the desktop version whenever possible until they decide to allow for audio recording. I don't know how I ever operated in meetings w/o it in the past and I can't go back to now having audio recordings again just to use the touch first version.