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Microsoft shares a bit more about the story of Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes, an app that comes pre-installed on every Windows 10 device, has evolved from its humble beginnings more than 12 years ago, and Microsoft decided to share a behind the scenes look at its creation.

Starting out as a gadget that you'd access through Vista's infamous Sidebar - though not bound to said Sidebar -, Sticky Notes didn't evolve much during the transition to Windows 7, although Gadgets, which Sticky Notes was previously part of in Windows 7, ended up being removed in Windows 8 due to security concerns.

Fast forward to Build 2016, and the new and improved, UWP-based, Sticky Notes app makes its debut during Microsoft's Ink Workspace demo. The app actually resulted from a collaboration between Project Plum, a team tasked with creating cross-platform note taking experiences, and Windows Interact, the team behind Windows Ink Workspace.

Upon its arrival, the UWP app shrunk the maximum number of notes from 50 to 45 which, the company states in the video above, was due to limitations on the Windows platform. This was circumvented with the arrival of version 3.0 in the second half of 2018, which added cross-device syncing and a notes list to store all your notes.

Since then, Sticky Notes has also gotten full dark mode support - in addition to the Charcoal notes introduced in version 3.0 -, the ability to add images, and has seen the return of Ink Insights as of the recently released version 3.7.

Sticky Notes is available for Windows 10, via OneNote on the web, Microsoft Launcher on Android, or OneNote on iOS.

Do you use Sticky Notes? If so, what do you like about it, and what changes do you wish to see?

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