OneNote for Windows 10
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We earlier reported that Microsoft is working on a new Office suite for its Office users named Office 2019. The new Office 2019 will contain the UWP OneNote application of Windows 10.

Microsoft will also be offering the new Windows 10 version of its OneNote app in the Office 2019 productivity suite. This would mean that users on OneNote 2016 would have to shift to the UWP OneNote application for Windows 10.

But today the Redmond Giant has confirmed that it will be allowing its customers to continue using the desktop version of OneNote 2016 after the launch of Office 2019. Microsoft had earlier decided to replace the OneNote 2016 desktop application with the UWP Windows 10 OneNote application in its Office 2019 productivity suite.

The above confirmation should come as good news to many OneNote 2016 users as they are now allowed to use the desktop OneNote 2016 version even after upgrading to Office 2019.

Having given the liberty to continue using the desktop OneNote 2016 version, the company has also made sure to let users know that the support for OneNote 2016 will be coming to an end in 2025 and is advising users to start using OneNote UWP Windows 10 application to enjoy new features.

Both the OneNote 2016 and OneNote for Windows 10, the company says can be run side by side with users having the option to skip the installation of OneNote Windows 10 during the installation of Office 2019.

Microsoft has also confirmed that a check will be conducted during the installation of Office 2019, and if the check finds OneNote 2016 is already installed then Microsoft would confirm whether the first run is enabled in the registry, and the existence of OneNote Notebooks in the documents folder.

Microsoft says that users will be allowed to operate the Windows 10 version of OneNote on Office, and customers can always switch to the UWP version. Will you continue to use the OneNote 2016 desktop application after installing the Office 2019 productivity suite? Let us know in the comments below.

  • LJO

    I will most definitely continue to use One Note Desktop 2016 since it allows the option of local drive storage of notebooks which is a must feature for me. I am hoping eventually the UWP version will add this feature.