Microsoft to consolidate multiple OneNote for Windows apps into one new version
As anyone who has tried to follow Microsoft’s OneNote strategy knows, the company has made things complex by offering more than just one OneNote app for Windows. It appears officials have plans to clean things up on the OneNote for Windows frontline over the next 12 months, according to an August 5 blog post.
OneNote on Windows will receive a series of updates over the coming year that will include a visual refresh; new stylus and inking features; a new navigation UI layout option that can be customized, and more, officials said. Microsoft plans to unify the two different OneNote apps it currently supports on Windows – the OneNote app installed with Office and the OneNote app for Windows 10 available in the Store – and create a single OneNote app for Windows.
How Microsoft plans to access a single, unified OneNote app for Windows 11 is, unsurprisingly, a bit complex.
The OneNote app installed with Office will begin to get new and existing “key” features that are currently unique to OneNote for Windows 10 (the Store app). OneNote for Windows 10 users will receive an in-app invitation in the second half of 2022 to update to the new unified OneNote app.
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Officials said they won’t be creating a third OneNote app in addition to the existing two. Instead, the current OneNote app will get a feature subset of OneNote for Windows 10 (along with other new features). Officials noted that the two existing OneNote apps will continue to work on Windows 11, and upgrading from Windows 10 to 11 will not affect users’ existing OneNote apps.
Those running Windows 11 from a clean install or on a new device won’t have OneNote for Windows 10 installed by default. However, OneNote for Windows 10 will still be available as a free download from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft advises those running the OneNote for Windows 10 app to update to the new Unified OneNote app by October 2025, because that’s when Windows 10 and OneNote for Windows 10 will come to an end. support. Microsoft is advising users against uninstalling OneNote for Windows 10 today because officials plan to provide “additional checks on the integrity of your notebooks before moving to a single app.” Microsoft executives have said that all user notebooks that work in any of the OneNote apps today will continue to work in the updated Unified OneNote app.
Microsoft says it will continue to offer OneNote for macOS, iOS, Android, and the web, and today’s announcement of the future direction has no impact on those customers; these are only Windows versions of OneNote.
Microsoft officials never mention “Project Reunion,” which is key to Microsoft’s plan to try to undo the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) -Win32 division that it created from Windows 8. But it seems Microsoft is working to phase out its own UWP. applications by creating new versions, as seems to be the case with new ones Windows 11 Capture Tool – an update to the existing Windows capture tool, as well as some features of the Sketch & Snip tool – which maintainers are teasing from this week.