Local vs Cloud Storage
Having OneDrive integrated with OneNote is definitely a plus, but it would be nice to also have it saved locally for when an Internet connection is unavailable.
We just announced this week that OneNote Desktop (2016) is going to stay supported, as well as put back into the Office 365 ProPlus and 2019 installations. We will also be making future improvements to Desktop. This will give you the option to keep your notebooks local as long as needed.
Details in this new blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/Your-OneNote/ba-p/954922
This is not completed. We want this feature in the UWP client. We know it's in 2016. If you're going to close things off as completed because ONE client has them, can we please split out the OneNote for Windows uservoice to be separate for each version?
Peter Henning commented
typical Microsoft overreaction. We asked that you add local Storage to the UWP client, not to bring back the 2016 client....
The requests here in the community have been mostly about making sure all the features of the 2016 app move to the new one.
This reversal will keep the incoherency. I need to use the UWP app for some things, 2016 app for others... I should not have to deal with this complexity.
Just give me one app with all the features..
Thank you very very much :-)
Better then nothing but why not add local storage to the new client. That saves you double effort and support.... And on the way add all other missing stuff.
That is great to hear! To be honest, first I wasn't too unhappy with an "unmaintained" OneNote because all other Microsoft programs we use have lost useful or convenient features.
In general there is one feature I would like to see added in OneNote 2016: the Recent Notes list.
I would never have switched to the OneNote app as it does not give me the option to save all my notes locally. I always wondered why?
So Mike, please don't take away any existing features (especially local storage) from OneNote 2016 and if you could add Recent Notes the 2016 version will be even better. OneNote is in my opinion the best product Microsoft has made - together with the W7 Spider Solitaire :) which can fortunately still be reinstalled. With this announcement it encourages me that Microsoft does listen from time to time to what users think!
People should have the option of putting their notes in the cloud and not be forced to do this. Pleases bring back the prior functionality of letting the user decide if they want to store onenote items in the cloud.
This morning I started getting familiar with OneNote. Everything went well, till I wanted to save the document. I figured out, it’s only possible to save the document on OneDrive. My OneNote journey terminated after 20 minutes.
Microsoft cares about your data but not the way you do. To have data and to be able to read the data means to have power. It’s the same thing with google. There’s a reason why there are so many free google apps. The more apps there are to be used, the more people you will find to use at least one of these apps. Google grew up because of the customers data.
Back to Microsoft. I think it is unacceptable for Microsoft to still have customers which don’t use the cloud. So, Microsoft must force them to do so. The OneNote version of Windows 10 is the fist step. In the future they will switch each office application to cloud only storage. They don’t want let the customer choose which kind of storage to use, otherwise they would still allow local storage.
When all the data is on the cloud, Microsoft could even start charging you starting from the first MB you use. Why they could do that? Because there is a plethora of Microsoft Office users, which don’t want to switch to another Product. Even if it’s a good open source one (if an alternative product exists).
So, each customer must decide what he wants. Stay with a product you already know well and being Microsoft’s ***** or learn to use an alternative product.
I prefer my own NAS which is accessed only by a VPN connection. It doesn’t matter if tablet, mobile phone, computer, … . At least I know where my data lives.
Is it same comfortable as a cloud where you only must register with an e-mail address and a password? No, it is not. But it’s certainly more secure.
This is extremely important to me as an attorney. I use one note as a case library and to track information in my active matters. Please bring back this feature so it operates like OneNote 2016.
It is also very important to be able to export the notebook as a file and share / move / back up as necessary.
No Email Needed commented
I agree with everyone here. This is criminal by Microsoft. Why should I have to put my data on their cloud in order to use the software that I paid for?
None of your business commented
Wow. This truly makes OneNote for Windows 10 disgusting. Worse than useless, it's downright criminal. Forcing use of OneDrive should be illegal. There should be a class action to put a hard stop to this behavior! Thanks Microsoft for forcing users to abandon your products! Switching to Apple products on next computer upgrade.
I need to save to hard drive due to security concerns.
Yes, security requirements of many companies (defense contractors, legal, medical) require local storage, otherwise the product can't be used. This would also allow version control, backup, and guaranteed offline access. How can such a basic function be missing? Notepad in windows 95 supported this, how can an advanced piece of software in 2019 not support it? This just reeks of corporate trying to force people to use Onedrive.
Frank Jensen commented
Useless if you can't store notebooks locally!!
Art Vandelay commented
Onenote 2019 is useless for me. Going back to Office 2016 and will be staying there until Microsoft fixes this problem.
Gil Ruso commented
I have been a user of onenote for almost 10 years now. Without the possibility to store my notebooks locally onenote is unusable for me. Looking for alternatives.
I'm finding the new app unusable now. I use Onenote to teach lectures and I have to have local access for when Wifi signal is weak. I'm now looking around for alternatives. I can't believe Microsoft aren't allowing local storage of files...
The option of local storage is a essential future for OneNote.
And by the way there are a lot of similar threats about this issue, it would be useful to check the real amount so probably it turns out to be one of the most important topic in this feedback area.
I often work offline. A small - yet sizeable - part of my 'laptop working' day is spent in transit or in places with poor/inexistent internet access, during which I need to work locally.
Microsoft: *please* implement a local storage option with the OneNote Desktop App. Many people will just keep on using OneNote 2016 and complain until you come to your senses and realise that local storage is still and will always be used by an important portion of your costumers. Do not make the mistake of alienating them; they will probably be the 'techy' ones, bearing considerable influence over IT decisions such as what platforms to use in a specific situation. Such is my case - in my institution, about 200 people have been using OneNote pending on my advice.
I used to use OneNote 2016 as an engineering notebook that could be uploaded to our PLM system upon project completion, so it could be rev controlled.
Now that OneNote 2016 has been abandoned, and there is no function to save a local copy of a OneNote notebook, I'm left searching for a new tool.
Not having the ability to save an offline copy, even as a backup, is a frustrating decision on the part of MS.