Microsoft is planning to unify its OneNote and OneNote for Windows 10 apps into a single OneNote app. The software maker is taking all the improvements in its UWP OneNote for Windows 10 app and bringing them over to the traditional OneNote desktop app instead.
The new improvements will appear in a series of updates over the next 12 months to the traditional OneNote desktop app that is installed as part of Office. The updates include a visual refresh and key existing features currently unique to OneNote for Windows 10. There is no clear information on whether the features from OneNote for Windows 10 will make their way over to the OneNote desktop app, but the company says that they are working to ensure that all the most loved features will continue to be a part of OneNote.
Existing users of the dedicated OneNote for Windows 10 app will be asked to upgrade to the full desktop OneNote app in the second half of 2022. The OneNote team said that the advances in Windows and Office would allow us to unify the two apps so that you’ll have the simplicity of a single OneNote app on Windows while enjoying the interface and features you’re already familiar with.
While Microsoft won’t immediately kill off the UWP version of OneNote for Windows 10, the company has verified that OneNote users should move to the desktop app by October 2025, when OneNote for Windows 10 will reach the end of support.New updates on OneNote on Windows won’t affect Microsoft other OneNote apps for macOS, iOS, Android, or the web. It’s simply Microsoft unifying its separate OneNote apps into something that hopefully has the best of the UWP and desktop worlds.