Microsoft Whiteboard is coming to more apps to expand the app's new goal. In June, Microsoft revealed Whiteboard was getting an overhaul. Specifically, the focus was on bringing workers together on project, with Microsoft describing the app as the “visual collaboration workspace” for Microsoft 365.
Now that the new Whiteboard app is rolling out on the web and Microsoft Teams, the focus is on bringing it to more native applications on Windows 10, iOS, and Surface Hub. The new tools are also coming to the Android preview, thanks to Microsoft Whiteboard making its debut on the platform in March.
Teams and web users are already using Whiteboard with the following new features:
- “Sticky note colors: 10 colorful sticky note shades to choose from.
- Note grids – insert a grid of sticky notes in one of 12 available colors to help in workshops and ideation sessions.
- View objects created in native apps – Objects such as lists & templates inserted on native apps can be viewed on web and Teams as well.
- Ink pen colors: 15 new ink pen color options with a range of thicknesses to help visualize your content and bring your text to life.
- Highlighter colors: – 15 new highlighter color options enable users to emphasize content on the board.
- Ink shape recognition: – draw shapes with ink and then watch them straighten automatically.
- Improved mouse inking: – create smoother ink lines, making your strokes easier and cleaner when drawing with a mouse or trackpad.
- Read only mode for education accounts: – as a meeting facilitator or an educator, determine when and how students participate and collaborate by enabling or disabling their editing capabilities.”
More Features Coming
As the new Whiteboard heads for iOS, Surface Hub and Windows 10, Microsoft has plans for more features. The company points to a new UI for the app, laser pointer support, object alignment, collaborative cursors, customizable templates, and more. According to the company, these tools should drop during September.
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