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
The local storage option is absolutely necessary for for all the many reasons that others gave. In addition, I lost a month's worth of notes last year because of a OneDrive glitch. OneNote 2016 was syncing to OneDrive. One morning, I noticed the notebook that I was working on was reset to prior contents from a month earlier. All subsequent changes were lost. OneDrive had just synced that notebook and was about to start syncing the rest. I quickly copied all my notebooks to another drive and was able to avoid more lost data. Later in the day, I saw that every notebook in the original folder got reset to what it contained a month earlier. I no longer allow any syncing to OneDrive.
As I mentioned in another suggestion, we need to have an official response from Microsoft for this ASAP. OneNote 2016 ends mainstream support in 2020. Afterwards, a back-end change to the cloud API could render OneNote 2016 unable to retrieve online notes. This would force users to them choose between online and local notes, but not both.
The local storage option must come back or OneNote goes. I've ripped OneDrive completely out of my nice new Surface Book. And if OneNote will not allow me to save personal files on my PERSONAL computer, I'll find a program that will or go without. Don't try to force software down my throat! Plus I've been to job sites so remote that there wasn't even cell service, much less internet.
Microsoft started as a way to democratize computing; perhaps some new upstart can come along an upset the applecart again.
Some notes are fine to store in the cloud. However other notes are strictly private and it is to vulnerable to store in the cloud. I care about my privacy and do not like to give consent to MS globally can access my all data all over the world to regimes I do not trust.
According to GDPR/EU (EU privacy law) one principle is privacy-by-design - I believe that storage local is the only way to fulfill the obligation. Please Microsoft, respect privacy so I can control where data are stored and who have access - read more about principles in mydata.org
When you have years of notes (almost 200 G) in onenote and now they make online notebook a must...I see this as a way purely for getting money from onedrive subscriptions.
Not optimistic about MS fixing it at all. More about seeing myself saying goodbye to a great product.
Bryan Kurz commented
I often work where there is not internet connection and I must be able to work offline on my local notebooks and sync them to the cloud later. I can not use the new OneNote for Windows 10 because it only allows access to notebooks in the cloud. I use OneNote 2016 for this very reason.
Is there any plans to automate the migration of OneNote files stored on local storage to the OneDrive for Business location? Presently users need to manually move each notebook - going thru a number of manual steps - which can be horrendous. Hence if Microsoft is planning to EOL the OneNote desktop version - it needs to provide some tools or automation to do migration of local files to the cloud.
I store sensitive data in OneNote and it CANNOT be put in an external cloud for a number of legal and contractual reasons. This is a deal-breaker for me and will have to find an alternative to this great product that I won't be able to use in the future. The only way it could be stored in the cloud is to have 100% bulletproof encryption standards, which of course MSFT does not offer. Once you store it in the cloud, you essentially lose all control of it. And some data should never be treated in that manner!
Revise it so people can work on notebooks that are on their local machine or server. Not all people or companies want their files in the cloud. Some files are confidential and thus only allowing Windows OneNote app to work with cloud based storage is not acceptable.
"One Note" is just another excuse to let software engineers "play" and marketing departments claim "new" and must have functionality. Maybe someday software engineers will assume responsibility for their creations and implement bug-free software that doesn't require an infinite number of "patches". I wouldn't hold my breath, not in the 50+ years that I've associated with your average software engineers.
Tony Pickering commented
Just spent hours trying to find why I could not access the OneNote files - its the new app apparently. Well thats it, good only small amount of data which I will transfer elsewhere then uninstall OneNote & all to do with it - Good riddance
Yes i really miss this feature too. Fine there is a password function. Ok its transfered encrypted. But i still can't store my costumer data in this program. I don't care what the technical promise you make. If that data got leaked i have to call around 100 people personally and explain what i have done with their personal and payment information. Make local notebooks possible so we can work with sensitive data offline. Thank you.
Does Microsoft want to track & collect all of our information ?
cuz' if there's no way to store notes locally, the only reason I thought was to spy us, and local support prevents that.
If that's the case, I would love to switch to other note taking apps.
Prove me wrong.
As a person doing research work, local storage is a must!
I wish to see that feature in the OneNote Windows 10 App. Otherwise I will continue to stick with other tools that let me handly my data as I wish.
Please add the feature to work with local notebooks. Let us create, open and edit notebooks saved locally. Cloud is convenient but please don't force us to move everything to the cloud.
Mike Bongard commented
The ability to have rolling backups of content in OneNote is very important. It's baffling why this functionality was removed. Please restore the ability to export OneNote notebooks to .one files.
I have been using Onenote since the first version, both for personal and mainly for professional purposes and it has become invaluable.
In our company, we do NOT use Onedrive. We may, one day, but currently we do NOT and in any case it will not be allowed for a big portion of our content.
We will always keep a hybrid approach towards the cloud.
This action does not drive us towards Onedrive, it simply drives us towards other note taking tools. It also makes me question all other collaboration tools.
What a ridiculously counterproductive move by MS. Look at all the strong complaints! When will tech companies learn that they can't always get away with shoving their cloud stuff down power/professional users' throats?
I occasionally do appreciate cloud features, also for office, although the OneDrive integration is sluggish. But removing such a fundamental feature, like using local copies, is an offence to paying users. Yes, resistance to change is normal and sometimes people need time to adapt, but this is conceptually different, and many people won’t be able to take it. Company policies, privacy, data-loss concerns, etc, are all important concerns, as mentioned in tons of complaints. Besides, you can't just assume permanent availability of a stable connection! But of course, the decision-making business people won’t grasp any of this.
I’m genuinely irritated: I was trying to get the constant “loading” unstuck, and figured out that I can’t work locally at all anymore. As if I wasn't already annoyed enough with some of OneDrive's jokes. Beware that many users happen to have a subscription and might decide to cancel it anytime and purchase some 2016 license. Although I was able to install OneNote 2016, sabotaging the usage of local files is still outrageous.
There is no option to replace OneNote 2016 without able to store files on networkshares or local disks. This is nuts MS!!! There is so much privacy issues and security regulations in companies that its impossible to NOT have this option in Onenote. Specially since Onenote is really a notebook app with alot of information written down by users.
You can earn from other resources not from students and other people who rely so much on OneNote and the ability to have access to large files, locally
what a joke with the fans of OneNote!