Microsoft makes major changes to OneNote for Windows: The app will no longer be included in Microsoft Office. Instead, OneNote for Windows 10 is the default OneNote experience for Office 365 and Office 2019. It does not affect OneNote for Mac, Android, iOS, and the Internet.
The move should not be a big surprise for those who are paying attention to the development of OneNote. In February 2015, Microsoft completely made OneNote for Windows completely free by removing all feature restrictions. Disabling OneNote from Office allowed users to download OneNote 2013 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 without paying for Office 2013.
OneNote 2016 came and went with little enthusiasm as Microsoft focused its efforts on the free app version of OneNote for Windows 1
At that time, Microsoft Office designated 2019 as "new user and IT capabilities for customers who are not, yet, ready for the cloud." Given OneNote's dependency on the cloud and the fact that Office is a paid product While OneNote is free, the move to decoupling the two years has been in progress.
Microsoft will not update the OneNote 2016 App with new features. Support, fixes, and security updates will continue throughout the Office 2016 lifecycle. Mainstream support for OneNote 2016 will end in October 2020 and extended support will end in October 2025. OneNote 2016 is therefore available to anyone with Office 365 or Office 2019 as an option; it just does not get installed by default.
OneNote for Windows 10
This also means that Microsoft will not have to continue the development of two apps, as OneNote for Windows 10 will attract all the attention, including those who would have inevitably gone to OneNote 2019, to explain the differences between the two apps and even a support page specifically for the question "What is the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016?"
to create. Another side effect of this change for Microsoft is that users have another incentive for Windows 10.
For this reason, and for other reasons, some still prefer OneNote 2016.
Here's Microsoft's explanation for why OneNote for Windows 10 is superior:  Why OneNote for Windows 10? The app has improved performance and reliability and is supported by a brand new sync engine (which we also bring to the Web, Mac, iOS and Android). You do not have to worry about the latest version as it is always up to date through the Microsoft Store and we can provide updates faster than ever before. Over the past year and a half, we've added more than 100 of your favorite OneNote 2016 features based on your feedback.
And yet, there are OneNote 2016 features that are not included in OneNote for Windows 10. Microsoft encourages users to help prioritize content being ported by submitting suggestions to the Windows 10 Feedback Hub.
Microsoft also announced today that new features for OneNote for Windows 10 will be available. The following three "most requested features" will appear "in the coming months":
- Insert and search by tags: The OneNote 2016 tags feature comes to OneNote for Windows 10, allowing users to insert, create, and search custom tags can. Tags you create will now be roaming on your devices, and OneNote will even show you tags that others have used in a shared notebook, so you do not have to re-create them.
- View and edit files: View live previews of Office files in OneNote, work together on attached documents, and save space in your notebooks with cloud files. Microsoft describes this as "the benefits of saving a file to OneDrive with the context and convenience of attaching or previewing on a OneNote page."
- Additional Class Notebook Features: The complete list of OneNote 2016 notebook features available in the add-on integrates with OneNote for Windows 10.
Microsoft has not specified a period other than "this summer" for these additions. Expect these updates to be introduced in mid-September.