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Is the original OneNote desktop app doomed?

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Posted by Mark
Jul 30, 2017 at 04:03 PM

 

I ask because the recent evidence says yes. It looks like they’ve stopped developing the desktop app and are working solely on the new (and for my purposes, still inferior) Windows 10 version.

For example, from a Microsoft employee on Reddit 11 months ago:

> As we pivot to a more modern code base, we’re prioritizing Windows 10’s capabilities to let us ship faster, build things more easily, and create deeper integrations into the operating system, such as the ability to launch OneNote above lock on Surface with the click of a pen. We recently added new ink features to the Windows 10 app and made it much simpler to use. We hope these will delight our users, even those who previously embraced the desktop app. ...

> In listening to user feedback, we found that even though the Win32 version of OneNote is incredibly powerful, many users - and new users in particular - found it difficult to use. So our goal for the Windows 10 app is to bring in the most valuable features from the classic OneNote app while delivering a more simple and pleasant user experience for users overall.

> Many of the top features in OneNote 2016 will be added to OneNote over time. For a full comparison of the two apps, check out this article: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-s-the-difference-between-OneNote-and-OneNote-2016-a624e692-b78b-4c09-b07f-46181958118f

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/50o5is/we_are_the_microsoft_onenote_team_ama/

Still more proof the original desktop version has been abandoned, from the Office Support website:

> The OneNote app for Windows 10 and the OneNote 2016 desktop version are very similar, but there are a few key differences. *OneNote for Windows 10 is easy to use and it’s regularly updated with new features. OneNote 2016, on the other hand, includes some classic features that existing users may prefer. Many of the top features in OneNote 2016 will be added to OneNote over time.*

> The app you choose depends on the type of user you are. If you need a feature that’s only available in OneNote 2016, feel free to use that version. OneNote for Windows 10, however, includes many exciting new features that you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s also simpler and easier to use.

Source: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-s-the-difference-between-OneNote-and-OneNote-2016-a624e692-b78b-4c09-b07f-46181958118f?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

 


Posted by Dellu
Jul 30, 2017 at 05:11 PM

 

Strange. I am now wondering where the mac Onenote belongs.

I sometimes open Windows 10: I never noticed the new app. The new one doesn’t support harndwriting…hmm.

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 31, 2017 at 08:31 AM

 

What an interesting development. Grrr, Microsoft are SO annoying! I hope they don’t do to OneNote what they did to Wunderlist. They showed VERY poor judgment there.

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Jul 31, 2017 at 08:48 AM

 

The Windows 10 version *does* support handwriting—it doesn’t support converting handwriting to text.

Many of the features of OneNote Windows 10 version are MS’s attempts to be competitive with iOS 11 features for iPads—so to me it seems MS is positioning themselves for the tablet market. 

It’s interesting that OneNote Mac, part of Office 365, is increasing like OneNote 2016 on Windows. 

Dellu wrote:
Strange. I am now wondering where the mac Onenote belongs.
> >I sometimes open Windows 10: I never noticed the new app. The new one
>doesn’t support harndwriting…hmm.
>

 


Posted by yosemite
Aug 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM

 

Yes.

 


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