OneNote’ ink to text is one of its most impressive feature, and although I don’t use it a lot, it was a welcome improvement when it was introduced to the App version last summer.
In addition to converting ink to text rather flawlessly, OneNote UWP manages to differentiate font sizes and colors, and keeps the portion of text highlighted.
Oddly, whereas the handwritten text can be converted instantly, it takes some time to be able to search for ink. Actually, you need to be online, and it may takes no less than 5 minutes to go back and forth to OneDrive before you can search for your ink.
Also, converting twice yield odd results :
What’s more of a concern, is that text inked in OneNote UWP can’t be “inked to text” in OneNote desktop ?! Nor is it searchable there…
The opposite is not true nevertheless, meaning any handwritten text in OneNote desktop is searchable in OneNote UWP :
One last detail : OneNote UWP highlights the first result in grey, and the subsequent in yellow :
Sometimes, the search if shown differently (as a selection) :
As a conclusion, and sadly, it seems that OneNote UWP’ ink format is not fully compatible with the desktop version…
Further reading : Free vs Paid OCR article from MakeUseOf