Microsoft updates OneNote for iPhone, Mac

Microsoft updates OneNote for iPhone, Mac

Summary: Continuing its cross-platform push, Microsoft has updated its OneNote for iPhone and Mac apps with some noteworthy new features.


Microsoft released a handful of noteworthy updates to its OneNote for iPhone and Mac applications on May 1.


The two new updates come on the heels of Microsoft's announcement earlier in the week that it has added printing support to Office for iPad, allowing users to print to AirPrint printers.

Today's OneNote for iPhone update, version 2.2.1, "untethers" OneNote for iPhone from the desktop, allowing users to create new notebooks and sections from an iPhone. Microsoft also has focused on making note taking and navigation of notes on iOS 7 more "fluid and efficient."

Microsoft also has built its Office Lens app into OneNote for iPhone, allowing users to take pictures of whiteboard notes, receipts and other documents and have them rendered more readable. Text embedded in images can be searched for using optical character recognition (OCR). (Office Lens is already part of OneNote for iPad.)

As part of its printing support, the updated OneNote for Mac -- version 15.1 -- also now allows users to save a page as a PDF file through the Print dialog. Image drag and drop is now supported, and Mac users can drag and drop multiple photos from Finder into OneNote. The update also adds image formatting tools.

OneNote for Mac also provides users with access to the Format Painter tool allowing for consistent text formatting thoughout users' notes. Formatted content also can be copied and pasted so that it is consistent with formatting in Word, Excel or on a webpage.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, Collaboration, iPhone, Microsoft, PCs


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Printing is the one big thing I wanted

    Nice to get it, now. :)
    • Save as PDF

      at least... My boss tried OneNote on his iPad and was over the moon. Then he installed it on his Mac and I've had nothing but grief since, because he can't save individual pages or print them out.
  • SharePoint Notebook

    One of our team's are using OneNote via a shared notebook on their SharePoint site in a very collaborative way. They are putting their "how to" notes there, meeting and break out notes, project notes, etc. And because OneNote is on almost every major device, it allows connection to this data anywhere at anytime.

    And then of course all of your own work and private OneNotes are just tabs next to the teams one.
    Rann Xeroxx