As part of its Windows 11 Office app redesign, Microsoft will finally merge its two OneNote apps. Why did Microsoft have two OneNote apps in the first place? Well, for the same reason that it has two Snipping Tools and two MS Paints—Microsoft doesn’t know how to replace old apps.
Years ago, Microsoft launched OneNote for Windows 10 as a replacement for the OneNote Office app. The company then revived the classic OneNote app with a To Do list and some other features in 2019, although we’re not sure why.
Now the tables are turned. Microsoft will migrate most of OneNote for Windows 10’s unique features to the classic OneNote app. That probably translates to improved stylus support and small UI improvements.
Of course, Microsoft will redesign the entire OneNote UI to fit with its curvy, glassy Windows 11 theme. The company says that this redesign will debut in an upcoming Insider build, though new features will slowly arrive on OneNote over the next year.
Those who are currently using OneNote for Windows 10 have until October 2025 to migrate to the classic OneNote app. In the meantime, Microsoft will send you notifications asking you to use the OneNote app (which you don’t need to buy Office to use, by the way).