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.
From: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/The-best-version-of-OneNote-on-Windows/ba-p/183974

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.

Comments

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Comment
Biagio Mazzucco - 2019-06-19
Just don't understand ramming OneNote for Windows down everyone's throat when it's only half completed.  You lose so many features if you accept this horrible decision.  Thankfully, I can still get OneNote 2016 to install.  I just don't understand the need to strip software of all it's most useful features and saying it's actually better than the original.
mark jenkins - 2019-06-16
Very unhappy that MS is dropping support for OneNote. I had 6 gig of onenote technical notebooks syncing across the world, and now what am I going to do?  I now have to look for an alternative.  You should have just opened source it. And I can't login to get an email back!  Wow, what a slap in the face.
Shame on you MS.
PHILIPPO38 - 2019-06-11
Following the upgrade of Office to the Windows 10 version, I found as said no possibility to install OneTastic. So, I re-installed OneNote 2016.
No problem for installing the add-on. But unfortunately, I just discovered  that from now, the search is no longer working on OneNote 2016 (still working on OneNote W10)
If anyone knows what is the problem and how to solve it ?

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