OneNote for Windows 10 and Onetastic

October 15, 2018

Several months ago Microsoft announced that they will be focusing on the new Windows 10 app for OneNote and that they will not be adding new features to OneNote 2016. This left some Onetastic users wondering what will happen to Onetastic and whether they will be able to continue to use it.

The original announcement by Microsoft can be found here. Below is a part of the announcement regarding the support policy for OneNote 2016:

What’s happening to OneNote 2016?
While we’re no longer adding new features to OneNote 2016, it’ll still be there if you need it. OneNote 2016 is optionally available for anyone with Office 365 or Office 2019, but it will no longer be installed by default. If you currently use OneNote 2016, you won’t notice any changes when you update to Office 2019. We’ll continue to offer support, bug fixes, and security updates for OneNote 2016 for the duration of the Office 2016 support lifecycle, which runs through October 2020 for mainstream support and October 2025 for extended support.

Microsoft created a page with some frequently asked questions about this topic which you can find here.

OneNote Windows 10 app currently does not support add-ins. So we cannot develop Onetastic for it. OneNote 2016 will still be supported till 2025. It just won't get new features. We will continue to develop and support Onetastic as long as OneNote 2016 is supported by Microsoft.

So if you depend on Onetastic on OneNote 2016, you will be able to continue to use it for several years. In fact there are many Onetastic users who are still using OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2010. If you would like to transition to OneNote app for Windows 10 now, unfortunately you won't be able to run Onetastic on it. If Microsoft adds add-in support for Win 10 app it may be possible for us to develop Onetastic for it.

If you for some reason don't have OneNote 2016 installed on your computer but you are looking for a way to get it back, you can downloaded it using the instructions here.


William J. SMith - 2019-05-19
Is there no forum to surface these concerns and issues with Microsoft?  Who is the OneNote Product Manager?  Why was the decision made?  As a veteran mainframer, this sort of behavior by IBM would categorically instigate outcries at the SHARE IBM Technology Conference.  This action stomps the OneNote vendor, its product, its revenue stream, and its customers into the ground.  Clearly, Onetastic addresses major deficiencies and shortfalls in OneNote.  What does this say about OneNote?  Is it, too, moribund and headed for the gallows?
B1948J - 2019-05-06
OneNote 2016 just died. It won't synch the notebooks anymore. I have Office 365 and I think the problem is that the OneNote 2019 installed and killed 2016. I can't use 2019 because it simply doesn't have any of the capabilities I used in 2016 - especially Onetastic. Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and pay for Evernote. I may have to drop Microsoft altogether and go to Linux if they keep reducing product capability.
I. Tsucks - 2019-05-04
I purchased a licensed version of Onetastic a short while ago, which I am now unable to use. Who is paying back, is it Microsoft (since they don't allow the application in the recent Office update for Windows 10), or is it Onetastic?

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