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Microsoft Stops Developing OneNote 2016 to Focus on OneNote app for Windows 10

The basic OneNote app in Windows 10 is going to be improved by Microsoft. On Wednesday, OneNote 2016 app (for Office 365) will no longer be improved, so that the OneNote app in Windows 10 can get full attention and be part of the Office 2019.

In 2017, the OneNote app in Windows 10 got a UI improvement and since then, Microsoft kept adding important features, like audio synced to notes. More of the existent features will soon be migrated to the Windows 10 app, allowing users to create more things within OneNote – like create page templates, preview Office files, search for tags or insert them and so on.

Will OneNote 2016 Die-Off?

Absolutely not, says Microsoft. The software will not be discontinued, but it will not receive any new features. A member of the OneNote team, William Devereux, wrote in a blog spot that:

‘OneNote 2016 is optionally available for anyone with Office 365 or Office 2019, but it will no longer be installed by default. If you currently use OneNote 2016, you won’t notice any changes when you update to Office 2019.’

As for the support, bug fixes and security updates, OneNote 2016 will receive them ‘2016 for the duration of the Office 2016 support lifecycle, which runs through October 2020 for mainstream support and October 2025 for extended support’, continued Devereux.

It Makes Sense – Moving Forward

Even there were millions of dollars invested in the Office 365 apps, Windows 10 already has a lot of apps that reproduce the ones found in Office 365. So, the smart choice for Microsoft was to migrate their top features from Office 365 inside the native application.

As for Office 365, it will surely live on, as it offers better performance through a subscription.

In the future, Microsoft will also improve syncing between Windows 10 apps and mobile platforms.

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