Although it was something we knew internally, the Microsoft NDA prevented us from talking about it. As we have already indicated on other occasions Windows 11 is much more than the renewal of the operating system, the applications and the way of working will also change. Of course, as we have also warned all those who cannot update to Windows 11, you can enjoy the new OneNote in Windows 10.

OneNote announces its renewal and unification

Beyond the renovation is more remarkable the theme of unification by the fact of demonstrating a declaration of intentions, no more duplication. Some of you may make a reading of this as the abandonment of UWP applications. The reality is that it is an evolution where we will have certain advantages of UWP and certain advantages of Win32 through the use of WindowsApps SDK.

In fact, it is Microsoft itself that begins by stating that “Regardless of which OneNote application you use today, we have an alternative for you to get these updates.” Today, OneNote supports two applications on Windows– The OneNote app installed with Office and the OneNote app for Windows 10 available from the Microsoft Store. Advances in Windows and Office have allowed them to unify the two applications so that you have the simplicity of a single OneNote application in Windows enjoying the interface and features that we are already familiar with.

News that we are going to see

  • The OneNote app will get new features and key existing features currently exclusive to OneNote for Windows 10.
  • OneNote for Windows 10 users will receive an in-app invitation to upgrade to the OneNote app. These will begin to arrive in the second half of 2022. Later on, IT professionals will be announced detailing how to proceed for companies.

This is just a statement of intent from Microsoft. No more duplication and having to work twice on the same service or application. The applications are going to be completely renewed and they will follow the same pattern finally.