Major Microsoft Sticky Notes 3.0 update now available for Skip Ahead Insiders

After a steady stream of teasers, Microsoft is unleashing Sticky Notes version 3.0 on Skipe Ahead Insiders. In a post to its Insider blog, Microsoft says that Skip Ahead Insiders can now receive the updated app, complete with plenty of new features to check out.

Here's the official look at all of what's new:

  • 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.

Sticky Notes 3.0

Overall, this is a pretty major update for an app that often flies under the radar. If you were lucky enough to make it in the limited group of Skip Ahead Insiders when it was last opened up for submission, you should be able to grab the 3.0 update via the Microsoft Store now.

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  • It would be nice if non-MS developers had access to target Skip-Ahead deployments. The public documentation shows that only Fast/Slow/Release can be targeted.
  • I'm in the Skip Ahead ring (although that machine is at home so I haven't tried the update out yet) but the sign-up was time limited and it recently closed. Try again when they open it up again in another release or two. I missed it last time and was happy I made it this time as I've seen a few cool Skip Ahead ring "exclusives".
  • I think they're talking about developers being able to publish apps and updates just to Skip ahead insiders to do some testing with the select few people that are more eager to use beta software and provide feedback.
  • It will get eventually back-ported to 1803, 1709 and probably 1703 as well. Don't worry.
  • there is a registry hack to get into the skip ahead
  • still look like pure trash compared to MacOS/iOS Notes.
    this looks like google notes. I honestly love what MS is doing with Windows but I can't believe how bad they are at software... you would think that no one at Microsoft has ever used a Mac computer as just for comparing. Notes on MacOS make these look like a 8 year old just made his first app on MS...
  • It's supposed to be simple, use OneNote if you want an advanced note program.
  • Agree, sticky notes is useful for what it is suppose to do, even if it is one of the awful UWP apps. If they are going to add synchronising to this app then I will have to find another bit of software that does what the original did. There is already something called insights in it.
  • But Windows is software, so if they bad at software then Windows must be bad.
    the core of windows is is ok, it is the rubbish that MS adds to that is the problem.
    It is not an operating system anymore, even MS calls it an operating environment.
  • " … They also sync up with Outlook Notes, meaning you can make notes using Sticky Notes and find them saved in Outlook later. … " Does this work with Desktop Outlook? If so, I am glad to see it. I often create Outlook note from snippets of emails. I hope this is a two way sync.