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

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

The app provides “a wonderful free-form personal note-taking experience that allows you to take notes and reason with ink,” said Microsoft’s Renee Malone. in a blog post† The app lets you write and draw like many other note-taking apps, but it also supports gestures such as scratching words to erase them and circling words or phrases to select them. You can use the app to mark up PDFs, which Malone says is a popular thing to do; a pie chart in her post says that 59 percent of all page types in Journal were PDFs.

A screenshot from Microsoft Journal.
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Garage is Microsoft’s brand for its more experimental products. As a fully supported product, the company has “plans to address the most common requests and a backlog of new features,” Oz Solomon, principal engineering manager of the Journal team, said in the blog post.

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

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