Microsoft's primary notetaking and research tool, OneNote, has truly evolved over the years to become a robust cross-platform solution. Whether you're running Windows 10, macOS, iOS, or Android, you have a solid OneNote client to use in clipping, writing, saving, and accessing notes no matter what device you use.
Every month, Microsoft highlights the latest changes to OneNote, and August, 2016 is no different. This month, the company has focused on inking, clipping notes from the Web, and education in updating OneNote, and here are the highlights.
Inking in OneNote.
Inking has received some serious updates in August. Now, you do math, replay your handwritten notes, and use your virtual pencil more effectively.
- Ink math assistant—Handwrite any problem—from basic math to quadratic equations—and get the help of a digital tutor. OneNote already recognizes your handwriting and solves any formula for you, but we didn’t stop there. You can now do one better than calculators by learning with our step-by step instructions. Get the answer to your equation and learn to do it on your own for next time. Office 365 subscribers can get started today.
- Ink replay—Save time, get focused and see the process behind the ink. Now you can rewind and replay ink strokes in OneNote as an Office 365 subscriber. For instance, label a map by hand and then reveal the content at your own pace to help students identify states or to give them hints along the way. Or use OneNote in a team meeting to whiteboard ideas and then later use replay to see how your team got to the end point.
- Pencil—Bring more of the capabilities of pencil and paper to the digital page. Sketch out ideas with new shading abilities that add detail and depth to your drawing. You can also write out a quick note or first draft in pencil for the natural “work in progress” feeling of pencil on paper. To use OneNote’s new pencil feature, you’ll need the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
OneNote Web Clipper
Microsoft has updated the Web Clipper across all supported browsers, including Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox (new), and Internet Explorer. Here's everything that's been added and updated:
- Bookmarks—As a result of a top user request, you can now save a simple link and description of the page.
- Text and image selection—Right-click any image or selection or text on a web page and clip the content. For the selected content, you will be able to highlight and change font type and size in the preview window.
- New Edge extension—With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the OneNote Web Clipper extension is now available for the Edge browser. Check it out! Be sure to restart Edge after installing the extension.
- What’s new—Whenever we make major changes, we’ll provide a “change log” of what we updated—so you can stay up-to-date with what’s new with the OneNote Web Clipper.
OneNote Updates for Education
Microsoft is serious about providing compelling reasons to use OneNote in education. Here are the highlights for August, right in time for back to school.
Learning Tools for OneNote are now out of preview and generally available for the OneNote 2013 and 2016 desktop apps and in many new languages (over 35 for the toolbar and four for dictation) and with new features like new color themes. The tools help everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences and students with combinations of unique abilities. Read and learn more in the recent blog post.
OneNote Class Notebook updates and general availability for the add-in
Building on the great momentum we’ve seen with the OneNote Class Notebook, we have now rolled out new teacher-inspired features and improvements across 44 languages and 63 markets. These enhancements for the 2016/2017 school year will help teachers save valuable time in the classroom and enable even better organization in class notebooks. Find out more in our recent blog post.
Use shared iPads more effectively in the class room
Shared iPad is a new iOS 9 feature to benefit schools that share devices among students and still want to provide a personalized experience for each of them. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. When students sign in to the shared iPad, new OneNote features help them use their personalized OneNote across multiple shared iPads by doing the following:
- Office 365 sign-in credentials roam with students when they sign in to OneNote.
- Notebook Picker helps open the right recent notebook at the beginning of class.
- New syncing indicator makes it easier to manage content saving to the cloud, including attachments, so students never lose work when they leave their shared iPad.
Office 365 sign-in credentials roam with students when they sign in to OneNote.
Notebook Picker helps open the right recent notebook at the beginning of class.
New syncing indicator makes it easier to manage content saving to the cloud, including attachments, so students never lose work when they leave their shared iPad.
Insert PDFs and Word documents in OneNote Online
Now you can insert PDFs and Word documents straight into the pages of your notebooks, similar to the desktop experience. Work easily with documents in your classroom without leaving OneNote and keep students focused and lessons organized.
Going forward, Microsoft wants everyone to be aware of an upcoming opportunity to learn more about OneNote and participate in a discussion about its past and future. The OneNote team is hosting a OneNote Reddit AMA on September 1, 2016 at 10am to 12pm PDT. Make sure you attend if you want to stay up to date on OneNote on your favorite platform.