Another OneNote announcement recently hit the Office 365 blog with some more information on OneNote and the changes for the future.
OneNote Changes and Updates!
As expected, the OneNote app (formerly known as OneNote 2016 or OneNote Desktop) will be updated to include the best features of OneNote for Windows 10. This means we will enjoy better inking, a modern interface and some new navigation options. That’s in addition to the better synchronization and performance improvements that are currently rolling out.
End of support for OneNote for Windows 10
Support for OneNote for Windows 10 will phase out in 2025, (that’s four years away) once the OneNote Team has had plenty of time to deliver a better experience in the OneNote Desktop App. You can probably keep using OneNote for Windows 10 past that point, but that’s when official support will end.
What you need to know
The quick takeaway for you is this: Keep using the OneNote that you’re currently using. However, if you’re using OneNote for Windows 10 like me, keep a close eye on OneNote Desktop over the next 12 months. We’ll tell you about the changes as they get released too, so make sure that you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel.
The good news is, once OneNote Desktop is fully updated, it will be a pretty easy process to switch across. In fact, in the second half of 2022, Microsoft will send you an invitation to migrate over. The invitation will walk you through the transition, and it will make sure all your notebooks are synced and available in the OneNote Desktop app.
Teased OneNote design changes
Also in the announcement were some changes that the OneNote team are teasing for us. They showed off two mockup screenshots that focus on one of the key differences and pain points between OneNote for Windows 10 and OneNote Desktop. The navigation.
Now, there is quite a bit to talk about here. So I’m going to recommend you watch our video to see more about these. You skip to 1:35 to get straight to it. And before you go, let me re-iterate, there is nothing to do right now. Continue to use the OneNote version that you prefer on Windows. This announcement is simply letting everyone know what we suspected was coming, way out in advance.