Microsoft is creating a single OneNote for Windows app with a visual refresh

By | August 24, 2023

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.

These improvements will appear in a series of updates over the next 12 months to the traditional OneNote desktop app that installs as part of Office. The updates include a visual refresh and “key existing features currently unique to OneNote for Windows 10.” It’s not clear which features from OneNote for Windows 10 will make their way over to the OneNote desktop app, but Microsoft says “we are working to ensure that all the most loved features will continue to be a part of OneNote.”

A mockup of the changes coming to OneNote on Windows.
Image: Microsoft

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. “Advances in Windows and Office will 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,” explains the OneNote team.

While Microsoft won’t immediately kill off the UWP version of OneNote for Windows 10, the company does note that OneNote users should move to the desktop app by October 2025, when OneNote for Windows 10 will reach end of support.

These changes to OneNote on Windows won’t affect Microsoft’s 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.