Microsoft today announced many updates to its OneNote note-taking app. Probably the most interesting new feature is support for videos in notes on OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, and iOS. This addition arrived in the desktop Windows app in November; now it’s more widely available.

Videos can come from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway, and other sources.

“By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it,” Microsoft OneNote team product marketing manager Scott Shapiro wrote in a blog post. The feature still isn’t available in OneNote Online, but that’s coming “soon,” Shapiro wrote.

This feature still isn’t part of Google’s Keep note-taking app, which is available on Web, iOS, and Android. Nor is it available in Evernote.

While this feature doesn’t work yet in OneNote Online, that web service will soon be getting a nifty enhancement called Smart Lookup.

“Smart Lookup is powered by Bing and uses the selected text and surrounding content to give you contextually relevant results,” Shapiro wrote. “Select a phrase, open the context menu, click and look smart. We can’t wait to see what you do with it.”

What is in OneNote Online now is a new organization system for notebooks. There are new sections for just looking at “My Notebooks,” notebooks “Shared With Me,” and “Class Notebooks.”

On iOS, you can now rotate images and even insert multiple images onto a page in one shot. And, for now only on iPad, as of today you can move items around simply by dragging and dropping. The lasso tool is now on iPad, too.

Meanwhile the Office Lens app for iOS and Android now lets you “rotate pictures in post-production instead of retaking the picture,” and on iOS you can even scan multiple photos at once, Shapiro wrote.


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