Microsoft launches Journal, its new notes app for Windows with AI

The successor to Windows Journal is now available, and it comes as a revamp of the application originally released for Windows Vista. Now, it arrives under the name of Microsoft Journal, and It will allow us to take notes just as we would on a sheet of paper. However, one of the great improvements is its support for artificial intelligence. Those of Redmond are promoting it as one of the novelties for Windows 11.

Journal had been in the Microsoft Garage, the company's internal incubator, for more than a year. Now it's finally available for all users who want to try it.

Express your writing skills with Microsoft Journal

Microsoft Journal

Journal arrives as a native proposal from Microsoft so you can take advantage of the benefits of the digital pen in Windows 11. Of course, it is a digital notebook, and in it we can write and draw anything we want.

Although it is quite similar to the already existing OneNote, Journal differs in the capabilities of using a pencil. While the first was more focused on the office automation experience; the second commitment to data entry features through a touch screen and a stylus.

The company, moreover, has renewed the physical appearance of the application. Now, Journal updates its interface to adapt to the new design proposed by Windows 11. Also, now you can check details of your documents using the file and folder system that has been included in the update.

The power of artificial intelligence in Windows 11

On the other hand, the developers of Journal have trained the application's artificial intelligence to recognize and categorize data entered by the user. Among them we have headings, frequently accessed documents, keywords and drawings.

Everything you write and draw will be recognized by the app on Windows. In this way, you can select the content by touching it and executing actions such as moving or copying data across the sheet or between documents.

We are entering an era of computer-aided reasoning, where AI speeds up the tasks people do and makes us all more productive. Microsoft Journal demonstrates how powerful an experience can be when software anticipates your intentions. This is just the beginning.

Stevie Bathiche, Technical Fellow and Lead of Microsoft Applied Sciences

As a Journal it has a great understanding of what has been written or drawn by the user; you can use the capabilities of its search engine to find sketches, lists, notes and text usually.

Microsoft Journal was officially launched this April 5. If you want to try it, you just have to enter the Microsoft Store and download it directly to any Windows 10 and 11 compatible device.

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