Why does OneNote have sparkly rainbow ink? Microsoft explains.
You might have wondered why OneNote has sparkly rainbow inking options. The answer is more interesting than you may think.
OneNote (opens in new tab) is a great, arguably industry-leading note taking tool. The free application is bundled with Windows 10, and is available on virtually every device you may own. The app synchronizes your content across devices, allowing you to share and collaborate on notes with friends and family, and if you have the educational licenses, your entire classroom.
Indeed, OneNote like many of Microsoft's products have enterprise and education-level versions, which often some with some sort of fee. For Office 365 users (opens in new tab), OneNote comes with some intriguing extra features, such as rainbow inking, which you might think is a bit of a useless feature.
Is it wrong to take all my #CDASummit notes in rainbow ink?#AzOps #AzureAvengers #Surface #OneNote pic.twitter.com/NYTu65Pee6Is it wrong to take all my #CDASummit notes in rainbow ink?#AzOps #AzureAvengers #Surface #OneNote pic.twitter.com/NYTu65Pee6— Sonia Cuff (@SoniaCuff) August 1, 2018August 1, 2018
Ian Mikutel from the Microsoft Whiteboard team recently shared some interesting insights into why OneNote has rainbow inking, reminding us in the tech bubble that just because some of us might think a feature is useless, other people certainly won't.
Responding to a thread on reddit which opened with a dismissive comment about the rainbow and galaxy inking options, Mikutel jumped in to share an interesting story about how the colourful inking solutions can inspire youngsters to engage in class.
It's an important thing to consider; productivity tech and software doesn't always have to be boring and functional. Microsoft itself often struggle to identify where it falls on the line between fun and work, claiming to be a productivity company in one breath while touting heavy Xbox and gaming investment in the next. I think the company could stand to embrace fun a little more, even in Office 365.
If you're an Office 365 subscriber, give rainbow inking a try, it might brighten up your day.
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