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!
To be clear, OneNote 2016 is not going away, and you can use it as long as you’d like.
Thank you again for all your responses.
Hey MS OneNote team: you must bring OneNote desktop app back. We need to save data locally and need a consistent application
The UWP app is a bunch of s****, no one needs it really.
Clearly, UWP is dead. None of the rest of the Office Programs were developed for UWP, and OneNote 2016 is clearly more capable and feature rich than the current OneNote program.
The drop of office 2016 onenote was killer for me. Not only do I love onenote personally as I have used it for many years, it was a huge asset to the hospital I work at. They used it for everything, but knowing Microsoft is dropping it in favor for the cloud based onenote, which currently is at best little more than a shadow of onenote 2016; has prompted them to drop it altogether. Don't know what they're changing it to, but the adminstration will not use a watered down cloud based replacement. To much risk with our all our HIPPA privacy data. That's over 600 employees who have to learn a new system because of this!
So in short, what the hell where you thinking Microsoft? Bring onenote back, or make the universal app the way it should be.
Marcus Bogenstätter commented
If Microsoft stopps support for the desktop OneNote in 2025, we will definitely have to switch to alternatives, even if this means a massive loss of functionality. The UWP is definitively no option, because it does not allow for local storage. Not to mention all the other things (features). The later we start migration, the more data has to be migrated, so we have to start NOW.
I could not (and still cannot) believe that Microsoft does this, I thought that OneNote is a full member of office nowadays. Imagine if they would drop classic Word or Excel support and would only provide clould access for any .docx and .xlsx? I think that no one would follow Microsoft then...
Didn't Satya Nadella say that Microsoft listens to customers? Or did he mean 'listen only', but still doing the opposite?
Jay Farnsworth commented
I can't find where OneNote App for Windows 10 stores backups of your notebooks. Comments in Microsoft Community say you don't need backup, because main notebooks are stored in the cloud. However, if you accidentally delete a section, and don't notice it for a year, and it's no longer in the OneNote recycle bin, you can't get it back without backups. If anyone knows that OneNote App for Windows 10 does do a backup, please post information about how to control the backups (how many backups it stores), where it stores them, and how to restore lost sections from the backups.
As Dan mentioned, over one year without *any* response from Microsoft!
Absolute silence over here too: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/The-best-version-of-OneNote-on-Windows/ba-p/183974/page/13#comments.
Complaints about UWP remain the same and have only partly been resolved.
CAN WE GET AN UPDATE OR STATEMENT FROM MS PLEASE?
It's now been over a year since the status was set to "gathering feedback" and yet everything is still the same. People still hate the UWP app (look at the top suggestions on UserVoice -- most of them are releated to bringing back 2016). There is no support for local storage. There is no clarity on what will happen after 2016 ends mainstream support. After 2020, will I even be able to access the notebooks online from my 2016 client anymore?
We would really appreciate a response Microsoft. If it's "no we are never going to do these because reasons", then fine, let us know so we can find something else.
You say we can use it as long as we like, but you have already introduced changes to versions of OneNote you are updating that are incompatible with OneNote 2016. OneNote for Windows 10 records audio in m4a format, which OneNote 2016 can't play, and OneNote 2016 records audio in WMA format, which OneNote Online can't play, so you are forcing us to use OneNote for Windows 10.
Please either make them all record in the same format or at least make all the versions able to play both formats.
@onenoteteam: Microsoft websites states support for onenote 2016 will end in 2020. What do you mean when you state that we can keep using it as long as we want?
Please keep One Note Desktop version. I prefer using the office suite offline/locally (in my laptop and desktop). It frankly feels manipulative that we're being forced to go online (use the app version and OneDrive). It not only has less of the familiar features but also forces users to store files that may be confidential somewhere we don't have complete control. I'm probably just too private but that aside, OneNote was an awesome program which users now have to find alternatives to. I really hope Microsoft can reintegrate the desktop version.
Piet Strydom commented
I have found a product that is wonderful, and not from MIcrosoft - Miro. It takes some getting used to, but I think is even better than OneNote in certain regards.
Don't attack disabled people James. I agreed with everything above your ignorant sentence tho
You managed to ***** up and make Skype unusable, and now you have moved on to OneNote!
What is it with this obsession downgrade and make stuff worse all the time?
You can install OneNote 2016 from www.onenote.com/download
Install OneNote 2016 from... where?
I don't see a link at OneNote.com
I don't see a link at Office.com
Where is the ******* link, for ****'s sake. Why are you making it so hard for PAYING CUSTOMERS to recover a product they're paying for, simply because they bought a new computer or decided to reformat?
I desperately need to find a replacement for this software, because it's literally the only reason I was paying for Office 365. That and OneDrive storage, but I can pay Google the same price for that, as long as I can find some Notetaking software that can link notes to Google Calendar Entries.
UWP OneNote is literally useless except for kindergarteners and the disabled.
Rosemary VanDyk commented
The Onenote 2019 is terrible!!!! I am so disappointed in having to rely on a cloud based system. As a music teacher, I have been using Onenote 2016 to harness all of my audiovisual lessons in one place. It used to be so easy when it was stored on my local drive. I really hate this new system. I can't link my itunes songs to pages. Everything has to download from the cloud before the links work. Hyperlinks don't work as well. The layout is terrible!!!! 2016 makes so much more sense. In 2019, so much of the page is taken up by the tabs. Yes, I can collapse the tabs, but I have to constantly keep closing the tab view and opening it again. When I was away, I used to have substitute just open Onenote 2016 and they could easily navigate through the pages. Now, they can't even access my Onenote files. They have to sign in to onedrive, which they can't, because they're a substitute teacher without a school account on onedrive. Yes, I could share a onenote link with them, but then they have to be on their email account on the Smartboard and open the file somehow. I am supremely disappointed with this version. I used to be a huge, huge fan of onenote. I got many people on my staff to start using onenote, I was always praising it as the best tool for teaching. I can't understand why you went to a cloud based system. It has ruined a program that used to be amazing. So many feature are missing. I tried to link a video to a onenote note page, but I can't because the video is on my local drive. I have to upload my 2GB video to onedrive first so the link will work. I want to have a program that a substitute can open and use simply. The old program had the visual feel of a notebook, 2019 definitely doesn't. I can't use 2016 because our IT dept doesn't want to keep on outdated program in our system. Please stop the cloud based system. I feel like you are holding me ransom. Why can't I keep my files where I want them? I am so frustrated with this terrible new version.
OneNote is the main reason I still use Windows. Yet "OneNote for Windows 10" is sub-standard, slow, buggy, and missing basic functionality on the desktop. There is no comparison. I am thankful I can still use OneNote 2016. But if Microsoft is abandoning the desktop version of OneNote in favor of this least-common-denominator approach (identical app on every platform, at all costs) and is doubling down on the ridiculous, misleading claim that "OneNote for Windows 10" is the "best version of OneNote on Windows," then I'll have less of a reason to stick with Windows at all. Honestly, OneNote 2016 will probably keep me around, but it will be disappointing to see its development abandoned. From its first release, OneNote has been one of Microsoft's brightest contributions to software.
You say you will continue to fix bugs in OneNote 2016 until October 2020, but you are not fixing them. A number of bugs I have reported through "Send a frown" in OneNote 2016 have persisted for months or even years. Please at least fix all the reported bugs before you completely abandon OneNote 2016 so we can have a properly working full-featured version.
Ken Pfeiffer commented
Found an old installation of Office 2016 that I'd downloaded. It worked and I'm back to OneNote 2016.
Ken Pfeiffer commented
An attempt to fix Outlook by re-installing it replaced OneNote 2016 without asking. Now the app has gone from the center of our data gathering and sharing to something that either needs to be relearned and restructured or just replaced.