With the launch of Windows today, we are introducing new versions of existing Office applications. The new OneNote and Lync apps are available today for free through the Windows Store. Both have been redesigned to take advantage of the Windows experience with immersive touch capabilities throughout. They also work well with mouse and keyboard, so you can have a great experience whether you’re on-the-go, on the couch or at your desk.
In OneNote, for instance, we’ve added the “Radial Menu,” a new touch-optimized approach to giving you access to common commands – like formatting your notes, making To Do lists and adding pictures directly from your tablet’s camera – all right under your fingertips and right next to the notes you are working on. You can see the radial menu in the upper right corner below, and you can see it in action in this video.
In addition to the great touch experience in OneNote, another Windows feature that I particularly like is the Share charm. If I want to save a web page from my browser, I swipe from the right to bring up the Share charm and send the page directly to OneNote. Additionally, if you have a stylus, you can add handwritten notes, like on the map above.
The new OneNote app allows you to do what OneNote does best – capture ideas, gather information, manage action items, create to-do lists and so much more – and you can sync it all to SkyDrive, so they’re available from virtually anywhere on virtually any device.
In addition to the new app available today from the Windows Store, the desktop release of OneNote 2013 is available as part of the new Office Preview or by getting the new Office when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2013. OneNote also comes pre-installed on all Windows RT devices, as part of Office Home & Student 2013 RT.
Like the new OneNote app, the new Lync app has also been redesigned for a touch-optimized experience. If your organization uses Lync, you can now stay connected, communicate and conference using the new Lync app from Windows Store.
The new Lync app is fast and fluid, and it enables new communication scenarios. You can join Lync meetings with a single touch, participate in multiparty HD video conferences, view shared meeting content, take advantage of background connectivity and leverage a fantastic snapped/filled view experience. Learn more about the new Lync app here and check out the beautiful look and feel of the new Lync app in the screenshots above and below, together with OneNote.
We think these new OneNote and Lync apps, plus the new Windows experience will open up new ways of getting things done and staying organized – at home, at work and everywhere in between. Visit the Windows Store today to get the new OneNote and Lync apps, and let us know what you think!
– Oliver Roll, Office Team