Microsoft announced an update for OneNote today across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and the web, featuring an overhauled design meant to offer improved accessibility and a more consistent feel across the various platforms.
Overall, the redesign will be rolling out in the coming weeks, and is focused on enhancing usability for those who use assistive technologies, simplifying navigation controls, and creating consistency across devices. You can read more about these enhancements below.
- Enhanced usability for all: In this update, we focused on making OneNote more usable for those with disabilities—such as vision and mobility impairments. We interviewed hundreds of people and analyzed product telemetry to understand how to improve keyboard shortcuts and the screen reader experience
- Simplified navigation: Now, the navigation controls are all in one area on the left-hand side of the app. This allows users to easily switch between their notes and dramatically improves usability with assistive technologies. With the new consolidated and simplified design, screen readers can easily navigate through the app to help those with disabilities. In addition, content is front and center.
- Consistency across devices: With this update, regardless of what device someone is using, the experience will be the same—allowing users to capture thoughts, jot down notes and get things done more quickly. This update is also exciting for schools, where device variety is increasingly common. Students will now be able to easily transition between their home and school devices, keeping them focused on their school work.
Microsoft didn’t provide an exact time frame for the full rollout, but the company has already released a significant update to the OneNote UWP app earlier this week. For a deeper look at these changes, we invite you to check out Microsoft’s dedicated page. We also invite you to let us know your thoughts on this redesign by dropping us a comment below.