A preview version of Microsoft Whiteboard inking app will launch today in the Windows Store. Originally slated for only Surface devices in 2017, Microsoft today announced it will make the collaborative whiteboard app preview available to all Windows 10 users, in the next 24 hours. While the link is not yet working for Australian users, we hope this will be available by the end of the day.
Microsoft is targeting the collaborative whiteboard app at creatives who engage in freeform thinking. The Microsoft Blog release this morning says “It’s designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices.”.
Windows 10 users will be able to ink on images, mock ups and leave sticky notes. Any Windows 10 user will be able to use app but at least one participant will need an Office 365 personal, work, or school for multi-party collaboration.
The Microsoft Whiteboard app was previewed back in May, see some of the early features in this great article by tom warren from The Verge back in June 2017.
Microsoft Whiteboard – the collaborative whiteboard app with great features
While the Microsoft site is a little scant with details, here what we know some of the features currently are;
Bring in team mates whether across the room or across the globe with real time collaboration across multiple devices. You can see everyone on the board and the updates they are making.
The pen-first, touch-first technology lets you make fluid gestures with your fingers or draw out finer details with your pen. Whether you use pen or touch, Microsoft Whiteboard Preview recognizes your intent and delivers your desired outcomes in an instant.
With the preview of Microsoft Whiteboard, you can use intelligent ink that recognizes your freeform drawings and turns them into standard shapes, so it’s easy to create great-looking tables, diagrams, and flowcharts. And unlike traditional whiteboards, the app automatically saves your boards, so you can pick up where you left off or share links to your boards, so others can build on top of your work.* No need to take photos of your canvas or email photos to others when you need to get them up to speed.
Microsoft Whiteboard – designed to work on the Surface Device platform seamlessly
If your looking for the link to try Microsoft Whiteboard, you can access it from here. Are you interested in more information on how this feature explore it’s full intended potential? Contact us today and learn more about the Microsoft Surface family, Office 365 and how to maximize collaboration in your organisation today. Simply call or contact us here today.