Either make the Windows 10 version feature rich, or abandon it in favor of continuing OneNote 2016
There seems to be indecision and lack of direction when it comes to OneNote. Are there two different teams developing it? Has development stalled?
There are several features in OneNote 2016 that are not available in the Windows 10 UWA version. The most major one being the ability to searching image text converted by OCR. Please decide which product you want to succeed.
I personally have tried using the Windows 10 version for several months and had to abandon it in favor of the 2016 version.
We just announced that OneNote 2016/Desktop will not be going away. Thank you for all of the feedback – the OneNote team listened!
So this is the right decision, but how do all of you people get by with OneNote 2016 when you cannot search properly?? How is it even called a note taking app if you cannot search at least as well as you can with word? Partial word searches don't work. I opened an issue on this the first day I used the tool in 2009. Nothing has been done about this. Put this on your ON page.
Search for "immolation". In any other program ever you would get hits on both. Not OneNote.
In 2009, I hoped for mind-bending and amazing search features in this program. Stunned it is still not fixed.
Well they fixed in the Win10 app, but clearly you all get that that was a swing and a miss...
Bruce Preston commented
I still don't understand why they downgraded it to begin with.
Matt Wilkie commented
I applaud this decision. Thank you! Please go the further step beyond just extending support and continue active development.
Just install 2016 and you'll have exactly all the great features of it, no need another version for Windows, the features are already mixed between them two and a bit confused.
Indeed 2016 is intuitive, I recall being asked :)
Many times the pasted data is better than the copy :)
Robert Barker commented
This is great, but as mentioned, you've only delayed the end of support. What about building parity in the new OneNote? When will all the great features of OneNote 2016 be available in OneNote for Windows?
This is great news. Are there any foreseeable updates to OneNote 2016? I'm switching back to using it over the Windows 10 version which is nothing more than a cut-down offering in my view.
It is a step in the right direction but an extension of support and not a commitment to a desktop app in Office 2019.
Cut down apps for mobiles and home use are fine but there are millions of us who need fully functional apps for work.
Jeff Richardson commented
I noticed that the announcement was only about extending the support for OneNote 2016. I don't see that it says anything about adding new features or capabilities. Basically, it's a stay of execution, just delaying the inevitable. I won't be happy unit OneNote returns to a full component of Office 2019 or its successor.
Yeah the new OneNote sucks compared to 2016.
trying to do my university note in the new version after using the 2016 for 4 years.
you cant do anything decent with the new version. even out lining the border for a table is impossible. why do i need WORD or PP open to write notes in a lecture. Im studying exact science and its impossible to do notes there
I use the UWP version of OneNote for school notes, but I am stuck using OneNote 2016 for work.
Why? Because the UWP version does not support locally stored notebooks. I need to be able to save notebooks in client-specific directories on non-cloud storage. My organization does not allow certain client-specific confidential information to be stored on onedrive so I must save the notebook to a secured location where it can be siloed away by client.
Yonni Hoffman commented
Why was the functionality to create a separate page with "to do" tags removed?
Windows 10 Version is still useless gave it a try several times. Most of the features are still missing. Abandoning OneNote 2016 is a real bad decision.
IT PERSON MAD commented
Just bring back OneNote2016 please
Matt Hardinger commented
Just spent over 1 hour with Microsoft trying to make 10 version workable with OneDrive. Crazy they don't integrate better together. As a 365 subscriber this is very unfortunate, confusion and frustrating.
NEED BACKUP LOCATIONS in OUR CLOUD PROGRAMS! Then, have them open up in your app Microsoft.
We need a proper backup option just like in 2016 version.
I switched over before i knew that all of those features that i wanted to subscribe for were being discontinued. OneNOTE 2016 has the features i am looking for, it's like going back in time with the new version :( SO confusing when microsoft continues to post tutorials and tips -new in 2019 using screenshots from the 2016 version!
Numerous changes when compared to OneNote 2016 were missed
- Need sections and pages along the top instead of the side stealing valuable real estate
- Save to local drive and not just OneDrive
- Missing formatting commands
- Name is confusing, when you have a OneNote 2016 installed and OneNote how do you refer to the correct one? Do I call it OneNote for Windows?
The OneNote Win10 App is still missing a ton of features compared to the desktop app. Currently, if you use both Apps at the same time, the ink can be messed up during sync and become unrecognizable. It does not seem that Microsoft is interested in fixing the bug. I have to abandon the UWP app as well because it's heavily impeding my workflow due to missing features.