What’s the deal with OneNote 2016?
Microsoft announced recently that they will stop maintaining 2 separate versions of the popular note taking application, OneNote. Currently, there is a Windows Store version that ships with all Windows 10 PCs called OneNote for Windows 10 and there is a version that comes with the full Office installation called OneNote 2016. According to William Devereux, the Product Manager for Microsoft OneNote,
“Beginning with the launch of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019. “
While Microsoft states that they will no longer be updating the OneNote 2016 application they will still allow you to continue using the app. As of yet there is no release date set for Office 2019 but Microsoft assures that they will continue to offer support, bug fixes, and security updates for the duration of the Office 2016 support lifecycle or until 10/13/2020. See below for help differentiating the 2 versions of OneNote.
If OneNote 2016 is critical to your business functions I STRONGLY SUGGEST that you install the OneNote app via the Windows Store to test its functionality and make sure everything works. If it doesn’t, you can submit a request to get it working via Microsoft’s Feedback Hub.