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OneNote for iPad gets Pencil by FiftyThree support

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Microsoft might be backing Apple's new Pencil for the iPad Pro in its iOS apps, but the software giant is also supporting third-party options. One of the most popular is Pencil by FiftyThree, and Microsoft is updating its OneNote for iPad app today to support the stylus. If you're not interested in buying the larger iPad Pro for stylus support, then FiftyThree's Pencil starts at $39.95 (much less than Apple's $99 Pencil). You'll be able to use the stylus to write notes and comments in OneNote books.

FiftyThree CEO Georg Petschnigg used to work on Microsoft's failed Courier tablet project, so it's ironic to see the software maker now backing Pencil by FiftyThree. Microsoft revealed its support for Apple's Pencil inside its Office for iOS apps last month, but it's not clear if the company will extend support for Pencil by FiftyThree beyond just OneNote.