How can we improve OneNote for Windows?

Include OneNote for Desktop in Office 2019

I really like the desktop lay-out with notebooks on the left, sections on top and pages on the right. I tried the UWP version, and while perfectly suited for use on a tablet (with a reduced number of - bigger - buttons), I feel it misses too many features to replace the desktop version.

So please include OneNote in the new Office 2019 suite!

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  • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A shame. I use OneNote, too; OneNote Home and Student 2016.

    It has awful export functionality; OneNote Sections, PDF (70% times crashes CPU), xps (oh the joy of that format), and single file web page.

    Wouldn't it be nice if Microsoft added a useful export function? That way when/if Microsoft turns off OneNote cloud functionality users would have been able to move their data into other applications? There are a lot of note taking applications available; I will probably go with a Linux program named, CherryTree.

    But, most likely Microsoft won't give two cents to our issues and we'll have to export each page singly. Taking years away from our natural lives...

  • Nimrod commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is about as smart as shoving a serrated stick up ones ***. You done gone stupid. And all this just because your marketing people could not sell one of your best pieces of software? Honestly, cloud will never work for quite a number of scenarios, and if you think it would, I dare you to enforce it for Word. After years of supporting and evangelizing the product, I feel like you have spat in my face. I am actively looking for a replacement product. Any suggestions will be welcome.

  • WasItBroken? commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "You are not replacing Excel 2019 with the stripped down free mobile version of Excel, are you? No, because that would be a ridiculous boneheaded move that would cause mass cancellations to Office 365. "

    The only reason there aren't 10x the comment on this is because most OneNote users are blissfully unaware of Microsoft's plans or the consequences - it's the BREXIT of software changes.

  • WasItBroken? commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It isn't going away, but what happens when our IT department doesn't upgrade in exactly the right way to Office 2019, Or someone gets a new computer and it won't install. This was sold to mgt on the basis that there were local backups for all the notebooks.

    And no doubt you've heard about the privacy/security reqs that make it impossible (if not illegal) for some information to be stored on the cloud.

    I hate the app for all the reasons mentioned in the over 2,000 comments here.

    It's not broken, why are you trying to fix it?

  • Tieresius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft why can't you just develop something and stick with it? I use ON for work every single day, and I have for YEARS. I can't even use the Win10 version at work because my company blocks OneDrive. ON 2016 just works, and it works great. I can open, edit, and synchronize a notebook stored on our network and access it from multiple devices. There is no way I can do that with the new version. Every company I've worked for blocked OneDrive for security purposes, and rightfully so! What happens in a few years when you pull support for 2016, too? I'm not using software that's going to go forever without development or updates. You say "it's still there" but for how long?

    Your business strategy has been pathetic. Get rid of that ******* CEO of yours and quit screwing over your customers. (I'm talking about the real people using your products, not advertisers or the Chinese government)

  • Jay Farnsworth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very concerned that there is only one entry referring to OneNote in the Microsoft Office365 Development Roadmap. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=OneNote. I just finished converting to OneNote because the Journal Function in Outlook was Deprecated after Office 2010. With virtually nothing on the official development roadmap, now I'm not sure if OneNote has a future. I wish Microsoft would make a formal announcement, one way or the other, as to the future of OneNote. Specifically, they've already told us that OneNote 2016 is the last Office version of OneNote. They've also announced that they are de-committing UWP apps. Yet OneNote App seems to be a UWP app. So, is it de-committed, or an exception? Can we count on a robust and continually enhanced OneNote for Windows 10 App for at least the next 10 years?

  • Iain Wyatt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    <rant> Ok. so I have used OneNote for Windows 10 for 6 months now and whilst I understand the UI from a touch perspective, and agree the sync is generally more reliable, it really keeps bugging me that there are features missing. Even just simple productivity things like being easily able to paste text only or highlight text. When you right click on a page in OneNote 2016 a whole host of tools are within easy clicking distance, but then you right click in the new OneNote and there is basically cut and paste, or set language (how often are we really going to use set language?) </rant> Please bring back a fully featured product as part of the Office suite, rather than a free tool that has had its wings clipped.

  • Matias Almeida commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    To be clear, OneNote for Windows 10 is lacking. A lot. Please, do not push this down on us. Do not kill OneNote desktop.

  • Dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No update? It's been almost a year now. Is this just being quietly ignored? Most of the "hot" issues on UserVoice all have to deal with some aspect of bring 2016 and/or its features to the "Windows" version.

  • Steven Petrillo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So then how can we re-install OneNote 2016? It is stupid that you have removed it from Office 365 installs before you ported over much needed functionality!

  • Luke Mc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Windows 10 version of OneNote is so vastly inferior to OneNote 2016 it makes me want to switch to all google products out of spite.

  • Jeroen Landheer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "To be clear, OneNote 2016 is not going away, and you can use it as long as you’d like." ...

    Yes, it IS going away at some point. All software that isn't getting updates gets eventually at the end of it's lifecycle and becomes unsupported. It has happened to MANY office versions in the past, OneNote 2016 is no different.

    The only way to keep OneNote for desktop supported is to keep developing new versions for it.

  • Vaibhav Haldavnekar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The fact that the last official response on this thread has been on June 25 of last year, from the geniuses in the product development of ON, tells me that this is a low hanging fruit for MS and Mr Cleanjit Nadela and that they do not care about customers.

    I like the idea of Microsoft releasing it for developers to work on it, while retaining the basic yet advanced functions of Desktop version of ON that is lacking in the mutant called ONW. Microsoft released some patents to prevent online predatory practices, and perhaps should include this software, if it has to spend significant resources for its development to continue to make business case to its bean counters.

  • Sid Plymouth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Timothy Carroll, March 30 2019 6:23 is Spot on. It is very easy to see from his comments that he is as bemused as I am about the direction of travel that Microsoft seems to have taken.

  • Timothy Carroll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I pay for Office. Because I pay for Office I expect Office to have more features, not less. Removign OneNote means less features. OneNote for Windows 10, even in the best case, has less features, most notably the inability to store local notes. I'm a paying premium customer. OneNote for Windows is "free" product essentially as it's just the Windows version of the mobile app available for Android, IPhone, and Mac. No matter how you spin it, you are removing functionality from the Office suite, which is one of Microsoft's biggest cash cows and you are ******* off the Office customer base. OneNote 2016 was and still is (despite lack of development over 3+ years) the premier note taking app. There is nothing close to it. OneNote for Windows 10 is much closer to EverNote. It's okay, but it's not anywhere close to OneNote 2016.

    This whole thing is a debacle of Windows ME or Windows Vista proportions. Admit your mistake, and continue development on OneNote 2016. You can position this as a OneNote and "OneNote Premium" type of marketing, because that's what it is. You are not replacing Excel 2019 with the stripped down free mobile version of Excel, are you? No, because that would be a ridiculous boneheaded move that would cause mass cancellations to Office 365. Well, if you keep this up, you might find cancellations in your future. OneNote may not quite have the usage footprint of Excel, but you are certainly seeing the loyalty come out since 2019 was released and people are discovering their favorite app is mysteriously missing and there are only confusing blog posts with marketing hype around Windows 10 OneNote being "better" (a flat-out lie) in its wake, along with a download link to OneNote 2016, further proving the lie because if the Win10 OneNote was better, why would there even be a NEED for the 2016 download?

  • Mehmet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please improve OneNote 2016 to the level of the rest of the Office programs like Word /Outlook etc.
    Builtin OneNote for Windows 10 is not viable.

  • Brenda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You got your summary wrong, what we are all saying is that the version of OneNote on Windows 10 is an inferior product to the full scale OneNote on Office 2016. We want you to ditch the “desktop version” that’s incorporated into Windows and make an Office 2019 version that builds upon on what 2016 is and includes improvements such as being able to indent the first line of a paragraph and be able to work when offline, let’s say on an airplane, which is a basic functionality of any business oriented software.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am not fond of the Windows 10 version, too many features missing and ease of use is not the same. Please continue to develop 2016 and include with 2019 version of Office. I get the tablet formatting and why. For the desktop, not as good as it was before.

  • Kathy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have used Onenote for a long time and it meets my needs. I do not always have access to internet so I must have the desktop version. Please don't make me have to switch programs and move all these notes and learn something all new. If something isn't broke don't fix it. Thank you.

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