We have been tracking Microsoft’s Whiteboard app for Windows 10 for some time. Now, the company is reading make the app available. Yesterday, the Whiteboard application launched in public preview.
Whiteboard first leaked back in July and has since been running in private preview. The idea behind the app is it provides a “limitless canvas” for inking and collaboration on Windows 10. Users can collaborate on the app in real time across devices on the platform.
If you are running the app, you can see where other user contacts are and interact with their editing and updates.
Real-time collaboration works integrated with Office 365 subscribers, while it also supports photo uploading. Users can also collaborate on Bing searches.
Here are some of the key features in Whiteboard:
- “Use ink to enable smart features: In addition to the standard color set, including new captivating ink shades, a highlighter, and a virtual ruler, providing greater flexibility and accuracy than a physical whiteboard. The intelligent ink technology automatically transforms drawings into shapes so that the shapes, flow charts, and tables become cleaner and simpler for everyone. The app even comes with a virtual frame that allows you to drag and resize the contents so you can manage ideas and keep the information organized for the team.
- Use the power of the web: Bing search is integrated into the Whiteboard. You can search for images directly from within the app. You can insert images and annotations above. The images shown are licensed with Creative Commons; you will not have to worry about copyright issues.
- Work together from different places: Whiteboard enables collaboration between Surface Hubs of the same company so several colleagues can work together, regardless of whether you are in the same place or in different places. The writing ink allows you to easily write content and brainstorming with colleagues. Sharing is super easy.”
The public preview of Whiteboard is now available in the Microsoft App Store. Currently, it is available on English versions of the platform, starting today. The company says more language support will be available “in the coming months”.
You will need an Office 365 subscription on the personal, work, or school account versions.