It has been known for a long time that this will happen at some point, as a self-confessed friend of the OneNote universal app and probably a few fans of this version of OneNote now have a painful experience farewell before
Just two days ago I reported about it: OneNote: Merging of the universal app and classic desktop client almost complete, the article also contains a brief outline of the story of how the universal app was declared the new standard for OneNote and then a 180- turning point was completed.
An entry in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap now announces the end of this story: In the course of October 2022, the listing of the OneNote Universal App in the Microsoft Store will be replaced by the x86 desktop version (the “Windows 10” in the description is allowed don’t get confused, that’s true across Windows 10 and 11. With the introduction of Windows 11, Microsoft renamed the app “OneNote for Windows 10” to signal that it was lagging behind).
It is not entirely clear whether this will result in an automatic update for previous users, which will replace the universal app with the desktop version. It is quite possible that the app users can stay with the version for the time being, but it will be gone with a new installation of Windows 11 at the latest – it is preinstalled on Windows 10, so things could look different.
As I said, this is a painful farewell for me, but I won’t drag it out unnecessarily. If the Universal App is no longer officially supported, you generally have to reckon with problems, for example with synchronization. I will therefore stop using it as soon as possible.
I know that there are enough people who have never been able to do anything with the app, that’s probably the majority, in the business environment anyway, you won’t even have noticed anything about the back and forth.