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.


Simon Sergeant - 2019-03-10
If Microsoft is serious about competing in the education sector, they need to work on OneNote and keep including the features available in OneTastic. I use it as a forum for my students' writing.
Unfortunately the 365 version has compatibility issues with OneNote 2010, especially with larger files.
OneNote 2010 is such a great application. I hope Microsoft realises how important OneNote could be for their Office suite.
Anonymous - 2019-03-05
This whole UWP platform is ridiculous, a total fiasco. Features and quality are being removed across the board, and all the gains Microsoft made years ago are being undone. Clearly, there has been a changing of the guard at Microsoft and the new teams are not respecting what has always been in place. How anyone could even take this new UWP and immediately replace the existing architectures is beyond me.

There are many great companies, just like Onetastic, that now are in jeopardy with no migration path forward. Ridiculous.
JM - 2019-02-26
If MS does not change course on this it will be a sad example of undermining something that was truly great, instead of building on it.  i have tried the windows 10 version of OneNote, even using it in work meetings, and it is pathetic compared to 2016+Onetastic.   i think its misleading advertising for MS to suggest otherwise, which they do in their literature, implying to unwitting users that the Windows 10 version is somehow better than OneNote 2016, let alone with the added features of Onetastic.

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