Microsoft’s OneNote is getting a Windows 11-inspired look

Windows 11 Office revamp

With nearly identical primary features, it can be quite
confusing whether OneNote or OneNote for Windows 10 should be
used for making notes. Fortunately, Microsoft is now planning
to combine the two OneNote desktop clients and simplify this
situation by offering the best possible product for users.

On Windows 10, the OneNote UWP app called “OneNote for Windows
10” is pre-installed, but Microsoft has already confirmed that
it will no longer come pre-installed on new PCs running Windows
11. Ahead of Windows 11’s wider availability in 2022, Microsoft
will be merging OneNote UWP features into the OneNote Win32
app.

The product teams for the two separate apps are have already
started working together to deliver the best possible
experience for end-users. No immediate changes are planned and
services will remain independent for the time being. In 2022,
we’ll begin seeing changes, and all changes will be
communicated to users in the coming months.

As you’re probably aware, WinUI is coming to desktop apps
(Win32) and advances in Windows API will allow the tech giant
to merge the two separate OneNote clients. The company
confirmed that the interface and features you’re already
familiar with will remain there.

OneNote for Windows 11

Microsoft has also shared a mockup of the new OneNote app for
Windows, and as expected, the new look is Windows 11-inspired.
It’s also consistent with
upcoming Office apps for Windows 11.

OneNote’s new app would be ready for Windows 11, but it will
also work on Windows 10 and the same interface update will be
offered to all users. As you can see in the above mockup,
Microsoft is refreshing the traditional ribbon menu, and
everything feels fresh thanks to new icons, extra padding and
rounded corners

At the moment, the new Office UI is available for Word,
PowerPoint and Excel only. The company is planning to bring it
to OneNote (free) later this year in the Insider channels.

We don’t know when it will be released in the production
channel, but those in the Office Insider program will be able
to give it a try soon. When the app is ready for production,
Microsoft has confirmed that users will
get an in-app invitation to try the new client.

Microsoft could finalize the work on this OneNote overhaul by
the second half of 2022, but no specifics were provided.
Microsoft isn’t in a rush to make this happen, and OneNote for
Windows 10 (UWP) will be supported until 2025.

In addition to the new OneNote client,
Microsoft is also working on a new Outlook app for Windows
11 and Windows 10, and it will be based on Microsoft Edge
WebView.

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