OneNote October roundup

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This month, the OneNote team focused on updating our Android app to launch new features and bring back some fan favorites. We are also introducing new ways to embed content types and improving usability on shared devices.

New to the OneNote for Android app

Password protected sections—Now you can open sections that have been password protected on other devices, letting you access sensitive information on the go. We’re happy to make this top user request available.


Multi-window support—OneNote works side-by-side with other Android apps that have multi-window support. For example, now you can take notes on a PowerPoint deck you’re reading or while doing research on the web.


Available again in the Android app

Audio recording—OneNote works the way you want, letting you take notes by typing, inking, clipping from the web and now by recording audio. A recording is a natural way to capture notes and ideas on the go, giving you the ability to easily record a lecture or practice your accent as you learn a new language.


Insert embedded files—Easily insert and open any Office file or PDF that you saved into OneNote to review your docs on the go.

Coming soon to OneNote for Android app

Look for the ability to edit and personalize your section tabs directly in the Android app and easily go back and undo changes to your notes to make sure your ideas are written just the way you want them.

Embed content into OneNote

We’ve added the ability to embed new types of content right onto the OneNote canvas. In addition to YouTube and Vimeo, you can now embed Office 365 Videos and With, you can show executable code snippets right in OneNote to teach inline with your notes and lesson plans. To learn more about OneNote and, check out our blog last month.

In addition to the new content types, we have added single sign-on (SSO) authentication for embedded Office files. Once you sign in to view one embedded document, you automatically will be signed in to view the rest.


Use shared Windows devices more effectively in the classroom

Shared cart PC for OneNote is a new OneNote for Windows 10 feature to benefit schools that share devices among students and still want to provide a personalized experience for each of them. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared Windows 10 PC. When students sign in to the shared PC, new OneNote features help them use their personalized OneNote across multiple shared PCs by doing the following:

  • Office 365 sign-in credentials roam with students when they sign in to OneNote for Windows 10.
  • New syncing indicator makes it easier to manage content saving to the cloud, including attachments, so students never lose work when they leave their shared PC.

Thanks for checking out what’s new with OneNote this month. We always want to hear your feedback, so make comments below or follow these links.

Users can update OneNote to use these features.

—Scott Shapiro, product marketing manager for the OneNote team


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  1. Please,
    We need great features on Windows 10 Mobile too.

    • I agree, it is hard to defend windows mobile as a ecosystem for business when most features are only available on other platform. What about the promise “best microsoft experience on windows devices”. Windows phone users are left in the dark and forced to step over to an other platform for best microsoft (office 365) experience.

  2. It sounds like you guys want us to move on to another platform from windows 10 mobile. It seems like that your team has abandoned W10M as a platform. We have been asking for features such as inking options and optical character recognition for more than a year though such features are available in rival operating systems. It is also ironical that after all the noise made by MS about UWPs, the difference (particularly, the available features) between OneNote on Windows 10 mobile and OneNote on Windows 10 is huge as of today. Who would want to develop UWPs for windows if this is the state of affairs with MS’s very own so called productivity apps in a platform promoted currently to enterprise customers? Why would any business team seriously consider W10M even as an option if productivity options are the worst in it compared to the rival platforms? UWPs will go nowhere if MS’s own teams don’t know what to do with it. It is no wonder that major tech/business firms such as Amazon (the latest involving the removal of kindle modern app in preference for their older x86 app!!!), Ebay and Paypal are pulling out their apps from windows store. And it is no wonder that even partners like Lenovo don’t want to do anything with W10M. With this kind of support from MS, we can expect HP announcing a clearance sale of Elite X3 within the next few weeks/months!!

  3. Why do we still have no Share Function…to send a Page via Mail as PDF, OneNote or HTML…

    • I second that. It would be great to have a way to SHARE those notes with others.

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