Microsoft is reimagining OneNote for Windows with a single app!

Software maker Microsoft plans to merge its OneNote and OneNote for Windows 10 apps into a unified desktop OneNote app. The company is taking all the improvements in OneNote for Windows 10. Bringing them to the traditional desktop OneNote app instead. OneNote for Windows 10 will get a visual refresh over the next 12 months. As well as some features that are unique to this version of OneNote. As of yet, it’s unclear which features from OneNote for Windows 10 will become part of the OneNote desktop, however, Microsoft assures us that “all the most loved features will remain part of OneNote.”

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The Future

Within the second half of 2022. OneNote for Windows 10 users will be asked to upgrade to the full desktop OneNote app. The OneNote team states, “Advances in Windows and Office will allow us to unify the two apps so you’ll enjoy the simplicity of a OneNote app for Windows while enjoying the familiar and intuitive interface of OneNote.”

Microsoft won’t delete the UWP version of OneNote for Windows 10 immediately but will end support for OneNote for Windows 10 in October 2025. There will be no effect on other OneNote apps for macOS, iOS, Android, or the web. Instead, one of Microsoft’s goals is to combine its UWP and desktop apps under a single OneNote app.

OneNote is a note-taking program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network. OneNote is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite,[6] it is also available as a free, standalone app via the official website, the app stores of Windows 10, macOS, iOS and Android.[7] Microsoft also provides a web-based version of OneNote as part of OneDrive and Office for the web.


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