Microsoft’s pen note-taking app, Journal, goes from a Garage project to a fully supported app

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Microsoft has elevated its Garage Journal project, a note-taking app designed for styluses and pens, into a full-fledged product now called Microsoft Journal, the company announced Tuesday.

The app offers “a delightful, free-form personal note-taking experience that lets you take notes and reason in ink,” Microsoft’s Renee Malone said. in a blog post. The app lets you write and draw like many other note-taking apps, but it also supports gestures like scratching words to erase them and circling words or phrases to select them. You can use the app to annotate PDFs, which is a popular thing to do, according to Malone; a pie chart in his article indicates that 59% of all page types in Journal were PDFs.

A screenshot of Microsoft Journal.
Picture: Microsoft

Garage is Microsoft’s brand for its more experimental products. As a fully supported product, the company “plans to meet the most common requests and a backlog of new features,” Oz Solomon, Senior Director of Engineering for the Journal team, said in the post. of blogging.

If you want to get an idea of ​​what to expect from Microsoft Journal, check out this video from when the app was first announced in February 2021. If you want to try the app yourself, you can download it for free from Microsoft Store. It is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices.

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