The Best Version of OneNote is still OneNote 2016

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Some time ago Microsoft announced that the latest version of Office, Office 2019 available fall 2018 will ship with the OneNote for Windows 10, (UWP) App and that the OneNote team will stop development on OneNote 2016. The announcement was met with screams of pain and derision, for the UWP app is, in significant ways, inferior in the extreme to OneNote 2016. So inferior, in fact, that users that depend on OneNote on a daily basis cannot use the UWP app. There are functions that have been added to OneNote since its inception that make it an extremely useful tool. Some of the most important functions are missing from the UWP app. The UWP app has no Excel or Outlook integration. These are fully integrated features of OneNote 2016. The UWP app also does not have the capability to use or create templates this is a basic and important feature of OneNote 2016. Additionally, the UWP app lacks the ability to create custom tags and it lacks tag search. Inserting and editing files is also missing. You can insert files in UWP, but once the file is inserted it cannot be edited. In order to edit it you must save it as a new file; which defeats the purpose of inserting it. Thus, one of the best features of OneNote is rendered useless in this version. All these features should have been added before the UWP was released.


As annoying as the missing features are the fact that there is no option to save to the hard drive is insulting. Microsoft wants everybody to save to the cloud because that’s “better” and for most people that may be true, but it should be an option. Telling people that notebooks are kind of available by accessing the cache is just wrong. As William Devereux OneNote Product Manager did April 18, 2018:

We understand if you don’t want to store your notes in the cloud. For most people, having access to their notes on all their devices is a core part of the value of OneNote. None of OneNote’s modern apps support local notebooks, so we recommend using OneNote 2016 for now. To be clear though, that notebooks stored in the cloud are still available offline, since we keep a cached copy on your device. For more details, please check out the FAQ 1

There are some professions that cannot save to the cloud for legal reasons. Saving to the hard drive is a basic function of any program. There is no advantage to not supporting local notebooks. The advantage of cloud storage is clear, but the advantage of local notebooks is equally clear. The choice of where to store notebooks should be left up to the user not the Microsoft OneNote team.

OneNote UWP is annoying, insulting, and it is also confusing. It is difficult to understand why the OneNote team would release such an inferior application. The need for consistency across platforms is understandable. However, it does not have to necessitate the loss of features on the Windows platform. OneNote for iOS does not have the same features as OneNote 2016, which is understandable and acceptable because the more powerful OneNote 2016 is available for mobile use on the Microsoft Surface. The OneNote team has stated that OneNote 2016 is “not going away” and users can stay with it for as long as they would like.2 Nevertheless, it is not clear what will happen after the year 2025 when security updates for OneNote 2016 end. Hopefully, UWP will be a full-fledged productivity application by then. For now, the best version of OneNote is still OneNote 2016, and it will be until basic features are added to the UWP app.


1 William Devereux, April 18, 2018, reply to Yuk Fai Lo,

2 OneNote team, June 25, 2018, response to unknown, “To be clear, OneNote 2016 is not going away, and you can use it as long as you’d like.”


I am not Dead and this is a Scam

Every once in a while, I will look in the spam and junk folders of my email accounts. Today, I found the scam email below. I find it interesting because I have never seen this scam before. I am positive that the Federal Reserve would not send anybody email, at least, not from the following address: Additionally, any legal representative would have a more professional email address:, and hopefully would not send out an email with as many mistakes in it. The name Evan Cottman shows up in connection with at least two other scams on the first page of Google search results.

Under no circumstances reply to this email and give these scum bags any information. I have included the header of the email minus my email address.


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To Keegan
Sent Wednesday, August 01, 2018 17:04

After our last meeting held today, i was mandated to contact you by the Financial Intelligent Unit (FIUs ) to confirm if your know Mrs. Dewi Jesica who claimed to be your colleague.
The said Mrs. Dewi Jesica confirmed to us today that you are dead and demands that we change the fund payment information which you gave to us as the rightful beneficiary to her’s. Your fund payment which is at the tune of $7.5 Million US Dollars is ready but we need your reconfirmation.
The bellow are the information’s that she forwarded to us to replace your payment information’s:
Bank of America
6901 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
ABA: 026009593 (International)
ACCT. #:003042656833
ACCT: Name: FMS Investments Inc.
Signatory: Dewi Jesica
She is also willing to send the required $350 bank transfer charge.
It is surprising that this very development came up now that our Ministry want to offset all the outstanding payments to all our legal foreign beneficiaries around the world in which your payment file was affected. This mail is to confirm your present health conditions and if you authorized anyone to change your fund payment informations.
Your urgent respond is highly needed to confirm to us immediately you receive this email to enable us ascertain the truth and as well avoid wrong payment as regard Mrs. Dewi’s assertion that you are dead.
Contact Person Barrister EVAN COTTMAN
Email Address :
Jerome H. Powell
Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States


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Microsoft Does not Have a Refund Department


I have been getting a lot of calls from a group that claims to be the Microsoft refund department. The thing is Microsoft doesn’t have a refund department. I do a lot of business with Microsoft I have a professional Office365 account. If Microsoft was going to refund me any money they would simply put it on my credit card. No one from Microsoft would call me. Nevertheless, I have been getting calls from people Who call themselves Microsoft refund department it is a scam. The reason I know this is because the following phone Number is fake ‭+1 (805) 246-7994‬. If you receive a call from the Microsoft refund department hang up immediately. It is a scam. Under no circumstances give them any information.