Microsoft silently has worked to enhance the basic OneNote app within the Windows 10, and on Wednesday it got an unexpected display of support. The OneNote 2016 app for the Office 365 would be put on hold, and the OneNote app already within the Windows 10 would replace it within the Office 2019.
It is a ringing endorsement for the OneNote for Windows 10, whose UI overhaul in the year 2017 migrated the pages and sections to the left-hand rail. Since then, the OneNote for the Windows 10 has got additions of some of the top features of the Windows 10 app, including probably the best feature of the note-taking tool that is the audio which is synced to users’ notes. Microsoft said that it has plans to keep migrating the features from one app to another, including the capability of inserting and searching for tags, creating page templates, and previewing the other Office files, right within the OneNote.
The Microsoft executives said that they would hold off on adding the new features, but would not discontinue the software, either. In a blog post, William Devereux of the OneNote team wrote that OneNote 2016 is available optionally for anyone with the Office 365 or the Office 2019, but it would no longer be installed by default. Further, he wrote that if any user currently uses OneNote 2016, he would not notice any changes when he updates to Office 2019 and that they would continue to extend assistance, security updates and bug fixes for the OneNote 2016 for the span of the Office 2016 support lifecycle, which runs through the October 2020 for the mainstream support and the October 2025 for the extended support.
Although Microsoft has invested millions of dollars in its Office 365 apps, there are a few basic, native apps within the Windows 10, which reproduce most of the functionality that an average user requires. Mail, for an instance, could work just as well as the Outlook in some situations. The native app appears to be much more stable in that case. Microsoft, satisfying its user base, made a smart choice to continue migrating its best features from the Office 365 app over to the native application.
Microsoft’s OneNote for the Windows 10 does seem a bit more consumer-y than the Office 365 version, encompassing sparkly ink effects and the other fun features, involving the ability to “read” equations and the other inked words as text. As said by Microsoft, those features would be preserved.
Many, though including the ink effects and a Researcher tool which pulls content from Bing to add to users’ notes, would continue to need an Office 365 subscription to function properly. Microsoft strongly believes now in recurring the subscriptions that could be budgeted in, and would likely reserve its choicest features for the O365 subscribers.
Microsoft said that it even has plans to get the enhanced sync experience that powers the OneNote for the Windows 10 app to its mobile platforms, permitting changes made to one file to sync within seconds to the other. Microsoft, as always encouraged the users to use the built-in Feedback Hub app within the Windows 10 to provide complaints, requests, and other feedbacks.