Microsoft 'untethers' OneNote updates for iOS from Windows PCs

Summary:Microsoft has rolled out new updates to its native OneNote for iPad and iPhone releases.

Microsoft made available on September 6 an update (version 2.1) to its OneNote app for iPhone and iPad.


The biggest new feature of the update is that now OneNote on the iPad is "untethered" from Windows PCs. That means users can create notebooks directly on the iPad and create, delete and rename sections right on the iPad, too. (Before users could do this on the iPad directly, but only in the OneNote Web App version of the application, not the native iOS one.)

Other new features in the OneNote update, according to Microsoft, include:

  • iPad support for creating new OneNote notebooks in SkyDrive
  • iPhone and iPad Japanese typing improvements that addresses previously slow responsiveness
  • Reduced OneNote download size for iPhone by more than half
  • iPhone and iPad support for automatic list detection
  • Bug fixes for iPhone and iPad

Those with OneNote already installed on their iOS devices can get the latest updates via the Updates tab in the App Store. New users can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store for free.

Microsoft first made available a native version of OneNote for iPhone in January 2011. It followed up in December 2011 with OneNote for the iPad.

Topics: Collaboration, iOS, Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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