Big Sticky Notes 3.0 update begins rolling out to Windows 10 April 2018 Update PCs

The biggest update to Microsoft Sticky Notes in some time is now beginning its public rollout. Nearly a month after it first began testing with Insiders, Sticky Notes version 3.0 is now gradually making its way to Windows 10 devices running the April 2018 Update, according to Microsoft's Engineering Manager for the app, Reza Jooyandeh.

Sticky Notes version 3.0 brings a ton of new features to the table. Among the most notable new bits is the ability to sync your notes between Windows 10 devices, so you'll be able to keep up with your tasks no matter what device you're working on. In terms of visual tweaks, there's a new formatting bar, along with a hub that gives you access to all of your notes and lets you choose what you want to display. There's also a new charcoal-colored note option if you want to keep things dark.

Here's a recap of everything that's new in Sticky Notes version 3.0:

  • Sync (& backup) your notes across your Windows devices.
  • If you have a lot of notes, your desktop can get a bit crowded! We are introducing a new home for all your notes. You can choose which notes to stick to your desktop or tuck them away and find them again easily with search.
  • Before all the beautiful sunshine arrived, we channeled our dark energy into a dark themed note: Charcoal Note.
  • Crossing tasks off feel better than deleting them! Now you can style your note with the new formatting bar.
  • You may notice that Sticky Notes is performing a lot faster – that is completely on purpose.
  • We've applied so much polish that the app is starting to look like a shiny pony!
  • Drastic improvements on being more inclusive:
    • Using assistive technologies and Narrator.
    • Keyboard navigation.
    • Using mouse, touch, and pen.
    • High Contrast.

In his early look at Sticky Notes 3.0, Windows Central Senior Editor Zac Bowden came away pretty impressed with the improvements Microsoft has made to an app that usually flies under the radar. If you've been eager to test it out for yourself, the latest update is now gradually rolling out to PCs on the April 2018 Update.

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  • No fast ring release?
  • It's a slow roll out
    it's coming to both.
  • Great, now when am I going to get Sticky Notes on my Android and iOS devices and sync, since it isn't happening on Windows Phone. I imagine Android is easier. A quick cross platform note app would be nice. OneNote is a bit heavy for jotting down an address or phone number.
  • now, please, make a sticky notes app (with sync, duhh) for ANDROID, so I can use em on my Galaxy Note instead of S Note, and that would be PERFECT
  • They should just sync notes with the Microsoft Launcher. No need for any stand alone app then.
  • But I don't want to use Microsoft Launcher. They can sync it the Launcher and separate app. It's not like it's some technical hurdle to allow to access notes in many ways.
  • I couldn't agree more with both of you. Being able to sync my Note with my pc would b sweet cause like someone else mentioned, OneNote (although I love it & use it extensively) is a lil too heavy for small, quick notes. An S-Note replacement would be great...or just give us a device with a stylus that syncs with Windows 😜 Had to slide in an Andromeda comment. lol
  • Now that we're getting this, and it looks so easy to use (especially for pen users), I suddenly want an option to tie a note I've jotted into OneNote or ToDo.
  • Yeah I think I think integration with OneNote and todo would be great, I use both all the time.
  • I think the ToDo user voice site has a feature request for that and they said they are working on it.
  • Not got it here yet, UK. Running Insider release preview
  • So this app does not have a corresponding app on Android.. Was thinking of a note 4 second hand until i totally give up waiting for Andromeda device.
  • Paul Thurrott says they're working on Android and IOS apps … so you'll be able to sync with your phone, too. I hope he's right!
  • Is there a way to stop this update? I know there is a do not auto update in the store, but I am not sure if that affects pre-installed apps.
  • Searchable through standard search?
  • Still not got this one 😭