Microsoft updates OneNote for Windows 8.1 with new features

Currently, Microsoft's only Office application that's available as a full Modern UI app is OneNote. Microsoft last updated the app for Windows 8 in July and today, the company released a new version that adds quite a few new and useful features.

As described on the Office blog, the new OneNote app takes advantage of some of the new features that have been put into the recent Windows 8.1 upgrade. One of them allows anything shown on a screen to be captured and shared on the OneNote app by bringing up the Share charm, selecting OneNote from the menu and then press or click on Share.

The new Camera Scan feature allows the OneNote app to not only scan and capture documents via a device's onboard camera, but Microsoft says it can also "automatically crop, rotate, straighten, remove shadows and sharpen the image". The Optical Character Recognition feature, which Microsoft recently added to SkyDrive, can assist with searching for words inside those scanned documents in OneNote.

OneNote for Windows 8.1 can also show any recent notes made with the app in the order in which they were taken, along with previews that allow users to see those notes without the need to view the entire page if that's not necessary. There's been some improvements in making notes via a stylus and a way to view notes in Full screen mode. You can download the app now from the Windows Store.

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Hopefully it will sync with Windows Phone better. I've been having a lot of difficulty with the syncing between RT and WP lately.

They've also reduced the font size to the same as the desktop. For instance, 11 points on the Metro app was much larger than the same size on the desktop app.

xpxp2002 said,
But can it be split into any size? I never understood why OneNote went this long without 50/50 support.

Yes it can, see my above comment. The reason for this is they have added all these improvements. Onenote existed before 8.1 when it was only a 1/3 2/3 split.

They now add an ugly menu bar (that takes up screen space) at the top of the screen showing your location in your notebook, they also took away the swipe right to see your notebooks gesture. >

I love one note, but they need to work on the UI and features for the touch version. compared to the full app, it lacks. Thankfully my surface pro 2 isn't bothered by the desktop app.

neonspark said,
I love one note, but they need to work on the UI and features for the touch version. compared to the full app, it lacks. Thankfully my surface pro 2 isn't bothered by the desktop app.

I think the UI is fine for a touch/stylus focused app. As far as features, they'll keep adding to it I'm sure, but as a free app it'll always be a bit behind the paid desktop version.

neonspark said,
I love one note, but they need to work on the UI and features for the touch version. compared to the full app, it lacks. Thankfully my surface pro 2 isn't bothered by the desktop app.

I think its fine, simple and elegant, has decent features too for both editing and sectioning, its probably one of the best apps for modern interface

For my laptop, I've switched to the Metro version of OneNote partway through my term for notetaking. For writing up assignments I still use the desktop version, but the Metro version is a bit more power friendly, and taking up the entire screen is also helpful to my concentration levels in class (strange reasoning, but it's true).

It's lacking the ability to change styles and draw shapes, but for classes of which notes are primarily text-only it's not a big deal.

... strangely, I've come to like using the Metro version on my desktop as well.

George P said,

I think the UI is fine for a touch/stylus focused app. As far as features, they'll keep adding to it I'm sure, but as a free app it'll always be a bit behind the paid desktop version.

Although it is true that it is a free app it also is MS testimonial of the implementation of Metro on Office; in such role it should be imperative to update and improve it as often and as much as possible. hopefully the next update will bring the ability to convert ink to text natively.

Fritzly said,

Although it is true that it is a free app it also is MS testimonial of the implementation of Metro on Office; in such role it should be imperative to update and improve it as often and as much as possible. hopefully the next update will bring the ability to convert ink to text natively.

Yeah, updating it as often as they can would be great but this sounds like a big update right now. I'm sure the bulk of the team is busy trying to get the rest of the office apps for metro done. When they're all out then we could start to see quicker updates to all of them.