OneNote update includes handwritten equation solver

Scorpus

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An update to OneNote has just introduced a feature I've been craving for some time: the ability to solve my handwritten equations at the tap of a button. Known as the "ink math assistant", all you have to do is write an equation using a stylus, highlight it using the Lasso feature, and click the math button to solve.

This feature will be very useful for students who use OneNote to write down equations. Provided their handwriting is neat enough, OneNote should be able to recognize the equations and convert them to text, which allows the equation solver to work its magic. The feature even includes step-by-step instructions on how to solve the equations by hand, making it a great learning tool as well.

Also useful for note-takers is a new ink replay feature, which allows users to replay exactly how their handwritten notes were inked into OneNote. The example Microsoft provides is a handwritten guide to solving basic algebra, which is built up over time in a way that becomes much clearer through the ink replay feature.

Both new inking features should be available in the OneNote app for Windows 10 now, and appear to require an Office 365 subscription. Ink replay is also coming to desktop versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the near future.

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ET3D

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We were told that computers will replace our jobs! Now rich and lazy students will no longer need to pay (or intimidate) geeks to do their math homework!
 
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Raoul Duke

What they are showing is very trivial, I wonder what it can 'really' do. Differentials, integration, differential equations? And that is only the limited math I was exposed to.
 
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Raoul Duke

Actually even if it couldn't do the math I mentioned, if it could even convert handwritten equations into a nice format you could include into documents (for papers, reports etc) it would be quite useful. I used to use MathType, but it was time comsuming
 

mbrowne5061

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Actually even if it couldn't do the math I mentioned, if it could even convert handwritten equations into a nice format you could include into documents (for papers, reports etc) it would be quite useful. I used to use MathType, but it was time comsuming
Only if they expand it out to work with all the different forms of calculus, and more 'exotic' math like matrix theory and machine learning. Until then, I'll stick with LaTeX if I'm writing a math-heavy paper.