Microsoft had last year announced that they will launch the next version of Office in the second half of 2018. And of course, it will be called “Office 2019“. One major announcement was that it will be available only on Windows 10 Operating System. Having this version of Office available for only Windows 10 meant that Microsoft could now keep their best Office UWP apps as a part of Office 2019.
Earlier, Microsoft used to built features separately for both desktop and UWP versions as UWP is not available on other older version of Windows. Today Microsoft has confirmed that they will be moving away from the OneNote desktop to OneNote UWP app for both Office 2019 and Office 365 consumers. Microsoft has been adding new features to OneNote Windows 10 app regularly along with performance enhancement.
OneNote UWP has been used by Microsoft to demo the inking capabilities of Microsoft Surface devices during their launch event and has been displayed on various TV commercials of these products.
Along with inking OneNote app also offers various features and Microsoft has also announced more features will be soon available for Windows Insider to test. The upcoming features include the ability to create and search for tags inside the notes, view and edit office files that are attached to notes, the class notebook feature of OneNote 2016 will be also available.
Microsoft has also cleared the two most important doubts regarding the future of the OneNote 2016 app. One Microsoft will provide security updates for OneNote 2016 app as per the official support for the Office 2016 and two Microsoft will be adding all the features of OneNote 2016 which are currently not present on the UWP version of the app.
Microsoft had last year released a new look for its OneNote app that now has a consistent improved interface across all the platforms. As Office 2019 is Windows 10 exclusive, the decision to move to UWP version of OneNote is certainly makes sense.