Seemingly every month, Microsoft makes its OneNote note-taking app\u00a0more compelling.\n\n\nMost recently, Microsoft updated its free Office Lens Android app, a document scanning app that connects to OneNote. The update gives Office Lens the ability to scan business cards using the camera on a Android smartphone or tablet. Once captured, cards can be saved to OneNote, as well as to your Google contacts.\n\n\n\nThe feature works fairly well, in my experience, but in a few cases it took 15 minutes or more for scans to be converted into .vcf contact files, for importing into my address book. And the more "artsy" the business card, the more difficult it is to get a good scan and optical character recognition (OCR) from it.\n\n\n[Related: 7 things Microsoft OneNote does that Evernote can't]\n\n\nOffice Lens is playing catch up with Android, because a similar business card feature\u00a0has been available in its\u00a0iOS and Windows Mobile apps for some time. Lack of feature parity is a consistent gripe I have with Microsoft, Google, and other software developers. It's all part of the competitive games they play, but it can unfortunately create confusion and frustration for consumers.\n\nOneNote and the stylus\n\nMeanwhile, Microsoft continues to be savvy about supporting stylus input for drawing and annotating in OneNote notes. The company recently announced that OneNote for iOS is now compatible with FiftyThree's Pencil stylus ($50 to $60) for freeform drawing or annotating OneNote documents, or for sending documents created in FiftyThree's Paper app to OneNote.\n\n\n[Related: 6 things Evernote does that Microsoft OneNote can't]\n\n\nIn my experience, OneNote notes are easier than Evernote files to annotate with a stylus on mobile devices. OneNote notes are designed to be "freeform canvases," compared to Evernote's more rigid format. I find annotating OneNotes on a Microsoft Surface tablet with a Surface Pen to be especially useful and convenient. It will also be interesting to see how well OneNote works on the iPad Pro when it's paired with Apple's new Pencil stylus. (Microsoft says OneNote and other Office apps will support the Apple Pencil.)\n\n\nEvernote has plenty of strengths over OneNote, including its wealth of third-party apps that expand its overall value. Evernote has an iOS scanning app too, Scannable, which I use frequently and recommend. But\u00a0Microsoft's note-taking app continues to grow stronger, and it's an increasingly worthy Evernote alternative.