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Posted by Gorski
Nov 5, 2017 at 06:14 PM

 

Microsoft says definitively in this conference video that there will be no more development of the desktop version. All future development will be the Windows 10 version and its apps for other platforms/devices. What is now OneNote 2016 is the end of the line.

They say they are trying to make Windows 10 as powerful as OneNote 2016 although not all features will be ported over. Windows 10 does have features the desktop app does not (they say they’ve added more than 100 features to the Windows 10 version in the last year alone)

Simplify and organize with Microsoft OneNote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKo8DhZ054U

 


Posted by Simon
Nov 6, 2017 at 10:42 AM

 

There’s been a general movement in the direction of attempting to create one OS for desktop and mobile. Apple mentioned a few years ago that this was their aim. They dumbed down all their iworks apps to work on mobile which as a result went from 5 star apps to 1-2 stars now. It seems Microsoft are heading in the same direction. I would imagine only needing to develop one OS for all devices makes financial sense (although I shudder at the prospect of the feature shallowness this will create).

The cloud is also increasingly being baked in. I’m not a fan of this. Apple are extremely poor with what they tell their customers they do. I recently discovered that they actually keep a copy of all your login passwords for all your devices in their cloud whether you use icloud keychain or not. There’s no way to opt out. I can understand the convenience of having everything in the cloud, but am far convinced from the wisdom and security of such a move. I recently had a lengthy discussion with 1 Password as they are encouraging everyone to store all their passwords in 1 Passwords new cloud offering. My comment to them was that they are irresponsible and I think you’ve got to be insane if you do this. Apple have been attempting to stop people jailbreaking their devices for 10 years and still they fail. No system is secure. Everything moving to the cloud by default makes me very uncomfortable. I tend to use a very limited icloud setup and prefer to use other cloud apps such as dropbox so that not all my eggs are in one basket, ie keychain and sensitive info giving apple access to everything.

sorry for the digression!

 


Posted by Gorski
Nov 6, 2017 at 01:21 PM

 

> The cloud is also increasingly being baked in.

In response to a question in that video, they said the Windows 10 version of OneNote will be cloud-based only, with no local version (or “perpetual” version, as the Microsoft presenter labeled it).

 


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Nov 6, 2017 at 02:27 PM

 

This development probably meas an end to third party plug-ins - so I hope Microsoft gets serious about building in capabilities which shoudl have been part of ON long ago.

Mark wrote:
Microsoft says definitively in this conference video that there will be
>no more development of the desktop version. All future development will
>be the Windows 10 version and its apps for other platforms/devices. What
>is now OneNote 2016 is the end of the line.
> >They say they are trying to make Windows 10 as powerful as OneNote 2016
>although not all features will be ported over. Windows 10 does have
>features the desktop app does not (they say they’ve added more than 100
>features to the Windows 10 version in the last year alone)
> >Simplify and organize with Microsoft OneNote:
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKo8DhZ054U

 


Posted by Dellu
Nov 6, 2017 at 05:44 PM

 

Mark wrote:
> OneNote will be cloud-based only


This is not good. I don’t like this movement to the cloud.

 


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