Microsoft released a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that increase the functionality of the note-taking tool.

Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to enter files sent to their email inbox as well.

Whether you are a professional preparing for an important meeting or a student getting ready for a new school year, they’ve added new capabilities to help you stay organized and keep all your notes and related documents together in your notebook.

Now you can insert and view files, including PDF printouts. For example, on Mac you can drag and drop a PowerPoint deck or a Word document into your notes, as an attachment, and then view it in the OS built-in, Quick Look, or in the app itself.
Added to the mix is the ability to access password protected files on each of the devices. Now you can do so on Mac, iPhone and iPad. Just navigate to the section and enter your password to access your private notes. Once you have reviewed or edited the notes you can easily lock the section, or after a few minutes it will lock automatically. That way, a confidential company note or study guide four your eyes only.

They also improved copy and pasting technology for iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Small updates, but worth noting in the following context: Microsoft debuted updates to OneNote on a rival platform, not in sync with updates to OneNote for its own platforms. That’s to say that the software company’s OneNote development cycle for iOS and Mac is likely independent of its Windows and Windows Phone cadence. Very interesting!