Microsoft Gets REAL with OneNote Lists

Eric Riz

by Eric Riz on 6/22/2015

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Date Revised:
6/22/2015

Applies to:
list, OneNote, Outlook


If you have ever wondered if Microsoft reads and acts upon the feedback that users provide to Microsoft through their customer satisfactions surveys, wonder no more. On June 18, 2015, Microsoft released a “better, faster and touchier” version of OneNote for the Apple iPhone and iPad directly addressing customer feedback and concerns. For the iPhone specifically, version 2.13 has enhanced the list experience to help users get things done.

Among the new features, users can tap the plus (+) sign in the lower right corner of the screen to open a menu of touch-friendly functions to quickly create a new list, add a photo or create a new note. Tapping Add Item automatically creates the first item in the list, and then tapping return moves you down to the next item. You can group items together using the indent feature on the left side of the bottom menu. You can tap Edit to move list items up and down the list to rearrange tasks.

Additionally, and included as a direct result of customer feedback, tapping to check a list item as completed now moves it to your Completed section. At any point you can show or hide these items as you move through your list.

For me, this update will force me to decide which list program will be the dominant taskmaster between OneNote and Outlook. As someone who uses both to manage different components of my life, it is a tough decision. One of the limitations of the former OneNote task list was that it was very rigid, not allowing tasks to be prioritized or indented. I can see this being very useful as you group and complete tasks. On the flip side, one of the things I like most about the Outlook task list is that I can set reminders and deadlines. I am going to spend the next two weeks managing both lists, and will write up my findings and recommendations in July.

Microsoft enhanced OneNote Lists for iPhone and iPad in their June 18 update.

The article I'm writing about OneNote Lists on an iOS device, written in a OneNote List on an iOS device. :-)


Topic: Devices

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