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 MUST to have feature
I hope to enhance the function of OneNote for win10 version, like desktop version, including:
1. export notebook to local hard disk and import local hard disk backup.
2. open and save the local notebook.
Many people buy Office365 or surface because of OneNote. Don't kill this good software.
I work with legal information that must not go out on the cloud so having local use only (and being able to back up to another in-house location) is a key factor for me.
Local notebooks and backups are an absolute must! I have created many, many notebooks full of important information. I won't rely on a single copy on OneDrive.
Keep OneNote for Desktop in Office 2019 (still the best option IMO) or at least add this to the UWP app. Please listen to your customers, Microsoft!
UWP App definitely needs local storage. In our company we have a no cloud policy for any documents. So we cannot switch from the desktop version to UWP!
Bill M. commented
I have to agree with everyone else here. Until the Windows 10 UWP version of OneNote supports local files and local backups, I will NEVER use it. It will also need to support add-ins like OneTastic and OneNote Gem, unless it happens to natively include all of the features I use from those add-ins, such as sorting pages and sections and numerous other things.
This is very important to me. I have proprietary data I don't want on the cloud, but would like to use OneNote.
For all the OneNote desktop user since the beginning.
It is important that all the local OneNote-files can be used in the future without an upload to OneDrive.
Jeff Brinker commented
I agree with many of the comments. To use this in a corporate environment it needs to be able to store items to a local network.
I actually like the UWP Version of OneNote but there really needs to be a possibility for local storage.
We have machines here which for privacy and security reasons are not allowed to be connected to the internet at all.
Stuart Squibb commented
The absence of local file storage for Notebooks will kill OneNote as an application in Enterprises - OneNote isn't solely used in Education, nor is a 'cloud only' storage model appropriate for all. The hybrid nature of the OneNote Desktop version (access to both local and cloud notebooks) is, in my opinion, one of its greatest strengths. Please ensure that the 'best' version of OneNote includes its best feature.
For information that is mission critical
Local network share performance
No need to have internet
Remote mobile connections through hot spots for larger data sets will cost $$$
Microsoft should not shoot itself in the foot by doing everything in the cloud. Your local network capabilities file shares onenote local etc is what keeps people attached. Cloud only will be googles domain which i do not like. Offer cloud but dont kill business needs.
Michael Kollmann commented
OneDrive is blocked at my workplace (so are all other cloud services) due to the sensitive nature of my work.
You need to allow saving files locally so that I can use the new OneNote app.
OneNote Desktop 2016 is the best solution for storing on local drives and backups. I love it and it works great. My greatest concern is the future. I have heard Office 2019 will no longer have a desktop version of OneNote. If they force us to migrate eventually to the Windows 10 Store version...They need to add local drive option for storage and sync and backup option. I am concerned this is not in their plans but it is very important to me. I may have to continue to use OneNote 2016 Desktop as long as I can until it is no longer supported.
Buck Rogers commented
I would like to make a local backup of onenote files. I have done a lot of research but I can not seem to find a way to do this. My files are too important to not have a backup. This is a major flaw with OneNote and make me hesitant to use it.
to answer the question "How can we improve OneNote for Windows?"
it would be best and it's what most of the people are aiming for.
is to have OneNote (Windows Store Version) store all Data in the local Drive and give us the capability to chose if we want to have a second copy that also sync automatically when ever the document is modfied to a different location. could be an external drive/MS OneDrive/ect
it make me think that Microsoft strategy is to oblige people to use OneDrive and have a MS Account. and I agree with J Walden: "I'd be happy to put some types of notes into the cloud for my convenience"
chose is key of gaining more clients and not having people look for another solution.
I also using Windows 10 OneNote (Windows store Version).
by default and the only way is to have a Microsoft account to store your data in MS OneDrive.
I'm looking for a way to backup OneDrive data to to my local machine or to another network drive.
Best scenario in my case is to store data in my Local Machine and chose if/if not I want to use one drive as a backup location.
the only way I found is to login to MS OneDrive online > you will find a folder called Documents (location of OneNote Data) > you can then download it. the file downloaded is a zip file that contain all your OneNote Data.
for now I manually download every 1st day of the month all my OneNote Data to keep a local copy. it's not the best solution. till i find a way to schedule the backup.
Please give the option to keep the file on a computer and not just in the cloud.
Exactly! I generated 10+ GB of OneNote data over the years and now MS wants me to do what exactly ? They want me to migrate to OneNote UWP which doesn't support local files, doesn't have a backup feature, doesn't do direct sync via LAN or Wifi (ultra quick) but only via Onedrive (very slow), crashes with large OneNote files, is missing many features and has a very inefficient layout.
I've no clue when and why MS lost its focus on productivity and business / professional use. Aren't we the ones who generate the major part of their revenue ?