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Microsoft OneNote introduces Floatie feature - like chat heads for notes

OneNote's new feature is called Floatie, and despite its cute name it will likely be among the most powerful attributes the note-taking app has.

Published onAugust 11, 2015


Facebook’s introduction of the floating chat heads has been a game-changing move from the social network. Being able to message your Facebook friends without having to switch apps is simply genius, and it benefits both the user and the service. Why is it no other company has joined the floating content bandwagon? We can complain more another day, but today we are here to introduce Microsoft OneNote’s new tool, which applies very similar elements.

OneNote’s added feature is called Floatie, and despite its cute name, it will likely be among the most powerful attributes the note-taking app now has. Floatie makes it possible to easily take notes while doing other things in your phone. A OneNote icon simply floats on the side of your device, making sure it’s out of the way by only showing half the circle. Once ready to take a note, the user can simply pull out the Floatie and start jotting down all the details.

Floatie is also amazingly easy to manage. One can simply go into the OneNote app and hit the menu button. After that, select the “Start floatie” option and you will be ready to go. Tap and hold on the bubble to drag it to the “X” on the bottom and get rid of it, if you no longer want it around. It’s that simple!

This will be very helpful if you want to take notes while browsing the web, or maybe when you want to transfer information from a separate app without switching too much. I almost wish Google’s Keep app had something like this. Regardless, those of you who like Microsoft’s OneNote will love this update.

The update is rolling out to the Google Play Store. As always, it can take some time for you to get your own improvements, so sit tight and be patient!

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