Microsoft has announced the imminent rollout of a major Sticky Notes update that will bump it to version 3.0. Engineering manager Reza Jooyandeh announced the news, alongside what appears to be a new logo.
The update will be coming to Windows Insiders on the Skip Ahead ring, which means general users can expect it in early 2019. Microsoft is currently finishing up its last update of 2018, codenamed Redstone 5 and won’t be adding any new features.
Either way, it’s exciting news for Sticky Notes’ passionate user base and there’s plenty Microsoft can improve. We’d love to see integration with Microsoft To-Do, and cross-PC syncing, but Jooyandeh is yet to reveal any details.
Mobile App Rumors
However, long-time Windows writer Paul Thurrott reveals that the update will introduce iOS and Android apps. We aren’t sure how we feel about yet another cross-platform note-taking/task management app, but Thurrott’s information is usually correct.
Spoiler alert: It brings iOS and Android apps. //t.co/i638j2hcF5
— Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) August 14, 2018
Aside from that, it’s possible Microsoft will implement Fluent Design elements. It’s been slowly redesigning its apps to match its new system, and Sticky Notes looks out of place. We think notes with a transparent blur would look silly, but the team could add it as a color option alongside a menu revamp.
Another feature notably missing is the ability to keep notes on top of whatever Window you’re using. Currently, they only sit on the desktop, which can be frustrating if you don’t have two monitors.
In December of last year, Microsoft introduced bullet lists, a new maps view, speed upgrades, and bug fixes. The time seems right for some big additions, and we look forward to hearing more soon.