Microsoft Updates the OneNote UWP App Menus to Replace The Old OneNote Desktop App

The new updates to the menu options are synchronized with Office 2019.

Microsoft has updated the design of its new OneNote App, which is based on it’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP). According to Microsoft, the UWP app, which is separate from the OneNote Desktop app from 2016, has already reached and surpassed the level of the desktop app’s functionality.  The UWP app is hence ready to replace the old OneNote app with the new Office 2019 release.

The new design of the OneNote app is available only to insiders for now. The full update will be available to everyone on Windows 10 with the Office 2019 release.

Here are the old and the new designs of the new OneNote app –

Before (top) and After (bottom) the Update, Source: Windows Blog Italia

As shown in the images, the menu of the OneNote UWP app has been redesigned. It is now in line with the menu options on other Office 2019 apps, focusing on the essential options and making them easier to reach.

UWP App with Office 2019 for Windows 10

For Microsoft, the benefits of switching to OneNote’s UWP app are multiple. For starters, OneNote users will be able to receive automatic updates using the Windows Store. This was not possible with the earlier standalone OneNote app.

Boasting the new UWP app, William Devereux, OneNote Product Manager, said “Over the last year and a half we’ve added more than 100 of your favorite OneNote 2016 features based on your feedback (thank you!), with more improvements on the way including tags and better integration with Office documents,”

Microsoft Office 2019 is expected to be released later this year for Windows 10 users only. The new OneNote UWP app will come with the Office 2019 suite.

It is noteworthy that the old OneNote app will still be functional, and can be installed on Windows 10. Microsoft will also offer support for the old OneNote app till 2025.

“While we’re no longer adding new features to OneNote 2016, it’ll still be there if you need it. OneNote 2016 is optionally available for anyone with Office 365 or Office 2019, but it will no longer be installed by default,” the company clarified.


Nishant Kauntia
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