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Tuesday December 13, 2011 4:20 pm

Microsoft OneNote arrives on the iPad

OneNote iPad

Microsoft on Monday released a version of its OneNote for the iPad.

"Since the launch of OneNote for iPhone nearly a year ago, a recurring request from our customers has been for a version that can be used more easily on the iPad's larger screen," Microsoft said in a blog post. "We're happy to announce that today's new release of OneNote for iOS devices includes a version that's tailored for the iPad."

OneNote is Microsoft's note-taking and sharing software. Like other popular note-taking apps, such as Evernote, Awesome Note, and Google Notebook, OneNote Mobile gives users the ability to jot down, amend, and organize their notes on the go.

OneNote notebooks are stored via Microsoft SkyDrive. "Your own cloud-based SkyDrive account lets you easily sync all of your notebooks across all of your devices, so they're always up-to-date and accessible from virtually anywhere—on your iPhone, your iPad, your Web browser, or your computer," Microsoft said today.

Microsoft extended this service to the iPhone in January.

Today's 1.3 update provides support for the iPad and iPad 2. Other new features, which also apply to the iPhone, include: localization into several new languages and markets; tabbed user interface; quick note creation in the Unfiled Notes section; table rendering; improved Windows Live sign-in experience; the option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection; and integrated upgrade option.

Apple devices must be running iOS 4.3 or higher to access OneNote 1.3, and users must sign up for a free Windows Live account. The app is free to download and users get up to 500 free notes. After that, it's $4.99 for unlimited use on the iPhone and $14.99 for unlimited use on the iPad.

"If you choose not to upgrade to the unlimited version, you can still view, sync, and delete any of your existing notes even after you've reached the 500 notes limit," Microsoft said. "However, you will no longer be able to edit your notes or create new ones on your iPhone or iPad."

Pricing may vary globally; a full list of available countries is in the blog post.

In a separate blog post, Microsoft also said it released a Windows Phone version of Lync 2010 and submitted the iOS, Android, and Nokia versions to their respective app stores for approval.

"With Lync 2010 apps, people can check colleagues' availability at a glance, start an IM conversation on the go, or join audio conferences with a single tap," Microsoft said.

This article, written by Chloe Albanesius, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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