Microsoft to consolidate multiple OneNote for Windows apps into a single new version

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Microsoft has a complex offering more than just one OneNote app for Windows. OneNote on Windows will get a series of updates in the coming year that will include a visual refresh.

New pen and inking feature a new navigational UI layout option that can be customized. Microsoft is planning to unify the two different OneNote apps. It supports right now on Windows the OneNote app installed with Office. And the OneNote for Windows 10 app is available in the Store and creates a single OneNote app for Windows.

The OneNote app installed with Office is going to start getting new features. And key existing features that are currently unique to OneNote for Windows 10. OneNote for Windows 10 users will get an in-app invitation at some point in the second half of 2022. Officials said they are not making a new third OneNote app in addition to the existing two.

Instead, the current OneNote app will be getting some subset of features from OneNote for Windows 10. Officials noted that both of the existing OneNote apps will continue to run in Windows 11. And upgrading from Windows 10 to 11 won’t affect the user’s existing OneNote apps.

Those who run Windows 11 from a clean install or on a new device won’t have OneNote for Windows 10 installed by default. Microsoft says it will continue to offer OneNote for macOS, iOS, Android. And the Web and today’s announcement of future direction has no impact on these customers it’s about the Windows versions of OneNote.