Microsoft OneNote is one of the oldest and most popular note-taking apps on the market. It is also one of the most feature-complete, it works on every important platform, and it integrates well with Microsoft’s Office productivity suite. There are two versions of OneNote, though, and Microsoft has announced that it’s making the Windows 10 version of OneNote the official option going forward.
This decision might disappoint some OneNote users who have been using the desktop application that Microsoft included in the Office suite and that currently stands at Office 2016. That’s the version of OneNote that has been around the longest, going all the way back to 2002 when
This move shouldn’t come as an actual shock, though, as Microsoft has been focusing on updating the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of OneNote for several months, adding new features to it and leaving out the
Already, some features are only available in the OneNote UWP app, such as being able to share notes easily using the Windows 10 sharing functionality, view notes sorted by update order, see Notification Center updates, use the Researcher to find quotes and citable sources, and enjoy the Immersive Reading view. OneNote UWP will also be receiving faster and more reliable syncing across all platforms and the ability to see live previews of embedded Office files.
At the same time, a few features are OneNote 2016-only, such as the ability to create Outlook Tasks in notes, pin commands to the toolbar, record video, and utilize third-party add-ins. Perhaps most important,
In many ways, OneNote UWP is already a better app, with superior ink effects, better ink-to-text capabilities, and improved battery life and performance as some examples. Windows 10 already ships with the app pre-installed and it’s the version that is most similar to
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