Microsoft wraps up the April updates to OneNote and Office Lens

Microsoft’s seemingly catch-all software, OneNote, along with the company’s image-based mobile productivity app Office Lens, have undergone a round of feature updates for the month of April, 2016. April’s updates for OneNote include:


Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign into OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS

For OneNote on iOS, we’re introducing a few new things that make it easier to organize notes on the canvas your way.

  • First, we’ve brought the lasso tool to iPad for selecting and rearranging groups of audio recordings, images, text, shapes and any other item on the canvas.
  • Second, on iPad, you can rearrange audio recordings, images, text, shapes and (you guessed it) any other item on the canvas by just touching and dragging.
  • Third, you can now rotate images in OneNote on both iPad and iPhone.
  • Fourth, if images are your thing, you can now insert multiple photos on a page at once on iPad and iPhone.

OneNote Online

Smart Lookup—The best viewing experience for reference material is coming soon to OneNote Online. Smart Lookup is powered by Bing and uses the selected text and surrounding content to give you contextually relevant results. Select a phrase, open the context menu, click and look smart. We can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Library science—Getting lost navigating your digital bookshelf? We’ve re-shelved the notebook list, and now you can distinguish between your personal notebooks, notebooks that others have shared with you and OneNote Class Notebooks you belong to. Now, when you open OneNote Online, you’ll be able to clearly see these categories listed out. Pro tip: head directly to to dive in with the new view. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out the new search bar to narrow your selection.

Moving onto Office Lens, iOS users can now look forward to scanning and inserting multiple photos at a time, and Android users join in with gaining the ability to rotate pictures during post-capture edits rather than being forced to retake the image from a different angle.

The new updates for OneNote and Office Lens should be available on their respective platforms later today for all users.

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