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Microsoft announces major OneNote updates for Apple products

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Apple users, habitual of using the popular, OneNote app can rejoice. Microsoft has today announced 4 major updates which greatly enhance the overall productivity of the note-taking app.

Mac users can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. All iPad, iPhone and Mac users can now access documents, stored on OneDrive Business. With this update you can now open, sync, and create personal or shared project or class notebooks on OneDrive for Business. Additionally, if you are using OneNote just for work or school, you can get started with OneNote by directly signing in with your organizational account upon opening OneNote.

Also, users across all Apple products, can now insert/attach PDF files or other formats into their notebooks. This is an extremely welcome move from Microsoft, largely because of the fact that OneNote users, who had to switch between a Mac and  a Windows PC, were facing problems while attaching files.

On Mac you can drag and drop a PowerPoint deck or a Word document into your notes, as an attachment, and then view it in the OS built-in, Quick Look, or in the app itself. On iPad or iPhone you can insert pictures or documents you receive in Mail or other apps by selecting ‘Open in OneNote.’

In addition, if you have a PDF file, you can insert it as a printout in your notes, making it easy to annotate with your own notes, whether they be meeting or lecture slides, research papers or class readings.

Next update is a major sigh of relief for OneNote users across all Apple products. You can now unlock password protected sections on OneNote. Once you have reviewed or edited the notes you can easily lock the section, or after a few minutes it will lock automatically. Improved copy and pasting technology is also coming for iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Lastly, Microsoft has enhanced the drag and drop feature on OneNote for Apple products. Now, you can organize and re-arrange sections on OneNote, which you may have created using a Windows PC.

Important to notice is the fact that these major updates, as Microsoft calls them, haven’t debuted on Windows. Rather, Microsoft chose its rival platform to release them. It comes at a time when iPhone sales are directly proportional to non-sales of Windows Phone.

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