Please Do Not Discontinue OneNote for Windows - Laptops & Tablets Often Don't Have Internet Available
I'm hearing rumors that Microsoft is thinking about eliminating the desktop version. Please do not. There are many times when I am in a building needing to take notes and do not have internet available for my Surface tablet.
Seriously, don't stop supporting local OneNote files.
Not discontinued ... It will just stay as is ... Moreover wait a little and the UWP app will do much more ... Improving with time ...
Katrina Rigby commented
I would be devastated if this is true.
On OneNote UWP, you need the internet only to create a new notebook, you can continue editing / viewing your opened notebooks and they'll sync when you get back online.
Organizations can set up on-premise SharePoint which will work with OneNote UWP. You can have your own servers which host the service, so your data never actually makes it to Microsoft. The only thing OneNote UWP doesn't support is notebooks stored on the local machine, which, honestly I'm not sure why anyone needs (Your opened notebooks are obviously cached on the local machine so that you can access them offline but you just can't create a notebook locally).
I need local storage of OneNote files. If this is not available my only other alternative is to move off onenote to a different note taking app like evernote, which I also use. Other than storage location I'd probably be using onenote win 10 already.
No local notebooks means everything goes to Microsoft servers. Microsoft will be able to mine the data for their own purposes, but many corporations (and individuals) will and should be concerned about being forced to share their data with Microsoft by using a product that they have gotten used to. The Facebook data misuse is clear evidence of need for regulation when it comes to information about users of their product. Regulators need to get more involved. To me, it is not a simple product decision, but one that impacts access to user's information. How is Microsoft going to guarantee that their servers will not be hacked or that they themselves will not now or ever in future (by changing terms of agreement) use all the data on their servers for any other use? Much bigger issues here than may appear at first.
Joan Ehrlich commented
We absolutely *cannot* use the cloud for storing any company content. "Offline" is not the same as storing locally (on-premise SharePoint or file server or workstation). "Offline" OneNote for Windows 10 is really cache only OneNote can access; the users cannot get to/access, according to MSFT docs. Either provide ability to store on-premise/locally in OneNote for Windows 10, or do a OneNote desktop 2019 version. Also, provide all of the OneNote desktop capabilities in the OneNote Windows 10 version if you refuse to keep the desktop version. Why does MSFT increasingly dismiss non-cloud customers?
Jan Lötberg commented
I agree - please don't discontinue the desktop version for onenote. It is much better than the online versions. Out company is using OneNote increasingly (especially the class notebook functionality with the different hierarchy levels). We all here agree that the dekstop version (OneNote 2016) is superior to the online-version in any way. It would be a setback for us if you would discontinue development of the desktom version.
I love the cloud integration, but there is a kill-it-all-reason for me to have my notebooks locally:
My oneNote is my knowledge base. Without it I would take at least 30% more time for the things I do, some would take forever. I don't want to (and somehow can't) risk having no offline backup of it in case of technical difficulties.
Also this knowledge base is "my" knowledge base. In case I change my employer in the future I still need to have access to it (and not having it locked into a corporate cloud).
This "push" to the cloud is really stupid. I took a class AT MICROSOFT and hotmail didn't like the new IP and blocked my email! They sent a security code to my backup hotmail account and guess what? That was blocked too!
Sending your data to the cloud just to share it with a PC 4 feet away is stupid and to be honest, Microsoft cloud products, on the whole, just aren't ready for prime time--and there is NO support for individual users that can solve problems in less than 24 hours.
Thank you! Microsoft, please remember who is actually generating your revenue: business and power users. Build convincing product - even UWP apps - but make them appealing. Constantly removing features and redoing UWP apps from scratch isn't what pro users are paying and looking for!
Bastien Vandamme commented
This not the politics of Microsoft to do online tools only. Be sure they will always keep a offline solution. Microsoft products are always working event when going to desert, mountain, sea or on the moon.