New Update Microsoft OneNote for Windows 11 - New Features

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Way back in August 2021, Microsoft promised that OneNote on Windows 10 and Windows 11 will be receiving a series of major feature updates over the next several months as part of the tech giant’s efforts to unify multiple versions of the note-taking app into a single client.

OneNote has seen numerous changes in the past few years. In 2018, when Microsoft really wanted people to use its UWP version of OneNote, the company stopped bundling the original and feature-rich version of OneNote with the pre-installed Office apps. Instead, Microsoft offered the UWP client and added new features to the modern version only.

Microsoft later reversed its decision and started pushing new features to the Win32 client as well. Users who prefer features over the UWP nature and design of the app were upset with Microsoft’s treatment of the Win32 client and that convinced the firm to start bundling the Win32 version in Office 2019 or 365 once again.

As a result, we have two apps for OneNote – the original Win32 version is called just ‘OneNote’ and the UWP version uses ‘OneNote for Windows 10’ branding instead. Neither the Win32 version nor the UWP has seen significant development in the past several months as the firm struggles to maintain both apps.

Microsoft has finally given up on the UWP version of OneNote and it’s combining the best of both apps to update the existing Win32 version with new features and design.
 

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Microsoft shares more details about revamped OneNote with Windows 11 aesthetics​


 

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New Layout Options for OneNote on Windows are coming soon​

The #1 request we’ve heard from educators and schools looking to move to the OneNote on Windows (Desktop) version is an option to allow the user interface to look similar to the OneNote for Windows 10 version of OneNote, with pages, sections and notebooks aligned on the left-hand side, and the horizontal tabs to disappear. We’ve heard that many students also prefer this layout option to help simplify navigation, while making OneNote “look the same” on multiple platforms like OneNote web, Mac and iPad. We always prioritize educator feedback, and so we’re excited to announce a new way to navigate your notebooks, sections, and pages in OneNote on Windows is coming in early 2023 🥳

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Microsoft has highlighted its plans to ship one of the "most-requested" features to OneNote on Windows for educators. The company is working towards adding support Stream 2.0 alongside a new unfurl experience allowing users to embed linked videos to their notes.

And unlike the current arrangement where users are redirected to another app whenever they click on a linked video in OneNote for viewing, they will be able to watch the video within OneNote's desktop client soon.

For those not conversant with Stream 2.0, it is designed to help users record, upload, discover, share, and manage video. It also features better logging and analytics and is integrated with apps across Microsoft 365 to enhance accessibility. Therefore, uploading and using video files stored in SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive will be easier.
 

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