Microsoft has released an iPad-compatible update to its OneNote notebook app and has pushed out a mobile version of its Lync collaboration software for Windows Phone.
Microsoft has released an iPad update for its OneNote iOS app. Image credit: Microsoft
OneNote has been available for the iPhone for nearly a year, but the update to version 1.3 — announced on Monday — marks the first time the note-taking software will work on iPad and iPad 2 tablets.
"We're happy to announce that today's new release of OneNote for iOS devices includes a version that's tailored for the iPad," Microsoft said in a post on the OneNote blog, noting that the update requires iOS 4.3 or later.
OneNote, one of the core Office apps on PCs, made its debut for mobile on Windows Phone 7. It allows people to take notes, then add bullet lists, checklists or images from the handset's library or camera into the document. The 1.3 update to OneNote for iOS adds features such as a tabbed user interface, the ability to quickly create notes in the Unfiled Notes section, and table rendering.
It also comes with support for more languages and localised options, to reflect its release in 59 countries around the world, including the UK.
All the information stored in OneNote can be backed up to Microsoft's cloud-based SkyDrive service, meaning that all notes, pictures, documents and content are accessible anywhere from any device, such as a PC, tablet or handset. However, users need a Windows Live account to sign in to use SkyDrive.
OneNote is free of charge for the first 500 notes, after which an upgrade to a paid-for account is required. It then costs £2.99 for unlimited use on an iPhone. The iPad upgrade costs £10.49.
Alongside the update to OneNote for iOS, Microsoft delivered the first mobile version of its Lync software, by posting Lync 2010 for Windows Phone for download from Windows Marketplace. Its arrival fulfils a promise made by Microsoft a year ago, when it launched Lync for desktops, that a mobile version of the former Office Communicator package would debut in 2011.
The Lync 2010 app offers Windows Phone users conference-calling, instant-messaging and voice-calling options, presented in the platform's native Metro interface, the company said in a blog post. It also supports enterprise features such as 'call-via-work', which lets users make outbound calls from their desk phone number, rather than from their mobile number.
Microsoft said that versions of Lync for Android and Symbian devices, as well as for the iPhone and iPad, have been submitted to their respective app stores for approval.
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