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Microsoft Office 2019 Updated with New OneNote Interface

Company continues the transition to OneNote UWP
By Bogdan Popa

Microsoft will make a major change with the release of Office 2019, leaving the desktop version of OneNote behind and instead betting big on the UWP version of the note-taking app.

Recently, the company has progressed towards this goal with the release of a new interface update for OneNote that prepares the UWP app for the Office 2019 treatment.

The menu design has been aligned with the one featured in the rest of Office 2019 apps, as Microsoft wants its productivity tools to highlight the most essential options and to make them easier to reach with this revised ribbon.

OneNote UWP is now getting these refinements as well, and Microsoft first lets insiders to try them out before everyone would be updated when the Office 2019 productivity suite becomes available.
"OneNote for Windows 10"

Microsoft announced in April 2018 that OneNote desktop app would be replaced with the Windows 10 version because the latter has already reached its maturity and boasts all the features currently available in the other, at the same time allowing for more improvements easier.

With the UWP apps, OneNote users can receive updates automatically via the Microsoft Store. Office 2019 will be exclusive to Windows 10, so switching to OneNote UWP is a move that makes sense in the long term for the software giant.

“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,” William Devereux, OneNote Product Manager, said earlier this year when announcing the change.

Microsoft Office 2019 is projected to launch later this year and users will still be allowed to continue running the desktop version of OneNote if they want to. The UWP version, however, will become the new default and will be offered on new installs. The desktop sibling will keep getting security updates until 2025.
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