OneNote 2016 good but needed more, to move to a more restricted Windows 10 with less features has been a retrograde step
I use OneNote for many applications, an important one is to develop and keep electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) for my research group at University. Since the onset when I started using OneNote I saw its potential and decided to harness its power, which indeed has increased over the years. There are several features in the 2016 version that would need to be implemented to make it an extraordinary tool for ELNs or other applications. Instead Microsoft has moved into a Windows 10 experience, effectively a simplistic or more immature form that requires my team and myself to go back and forth between 2016 and the 10 versions to make it work.
I started using Windows to then move to the OS platform long time ago, and although a long time Mac user, I have always used Microsoft platforms concomitantly albeit less. Tools like OneNote are tools leading users of platforms other than Microsoft and Windows to become not only more frequent users of these platforms, but to actually become more emotionally connected to these platforms.
What I believe is a OneNote retrograde step in its current form is unfortunately dissipating that re-established bond from Mac and other platforms users with Microsoft and their products.
I am sure that Microsoft has a business and technical model for the implementation, but the approach posted by Microsoft, along the lines of "well we know that many of you may look for more suited alternatives to the underpowered after all Windows 10 version but we will count our loses and focus on a different group of people that does not need them" I believe may be a model less ideal than perceived at first glance. Power users of OneNote I believe are those leading its insertion culturally in a broader society.
Importantly, those perhaps more power users endorse the credibility of Microsoft products more broadly.
Microsoft has managed to create a bond, an emotional link, between the company, its products and users within and beyond Microsoft products.
If Microsoft lead users "to find more suitable alternatives" they of course will and will not return to Microsoft, but it will not be just one individual, it will be the other individuals connected to her/him.
I love what Microsoft is doing, OneNote has been a masterpiece move. Why to jeopardize its initial impact on inclusivity through targeting exclusivity?
Extremely well said. OneNote 2016 had many similarities to other MS products like Word and Excel. As you said, OneNote for Windows is "a simplistic or more immature form". I kind of fear that MS will do the same to other MS products. I really want to know why they decided to change OneNote and why they continue with it, despite all the negative feedback.