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Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for …

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Microsoft’s Whiteboard app was released in preview last week and it shows a lot of promise for online collaboration.

Microsoft has added the ability to collaborate in real time over the internet to a number of their apps and services. Last week, Microsoft released Whiteboard in preview which allows users to ink on a digital whiteboard with multiple users from different devices. We took a hands-on look of the app earlier this year before it was available to the public and now have some more thoughts after using it some more in its public preview release.

Since the app is in preview it wouldn’t be fair to do a complete review, but here’s what stands out and what we hope to see in the future. The app is free but to use multi-party collaboration at least one person needs to have an Office 365 personal, work, or school account.

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A natural evolution

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The concept of Whiteboard just works. Sure, there are some performance hiccups but the app is in preview so that isn’t an issue. Being able to draw on a virtual whiteboard and have others join in with very little delay seems like something that should have been a key feature on tablets years ago.

Whiteboard supports multiple ink colors, tools that help you draw shapes and charts, and the ability to type notes. These options make it easy to work together on math problems or any type of handwritten work or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend. Whiteboard will fit in very well in classrooms, workplaces, and could even be used for games and doodling with friends.

The app also lets you insert photos and galleries which help it be more versatile. Whiteboard combines the standard inking tools from many other Microsoft apps such as OneNote and brings in real-time collaboration. Eventually, it might even work as a baked-in part of other Microsoft apps.

A wish list

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Whiteboard already has a good set of features in its preview form. Over time it’s certain to grab some more. There are a few specific features we’d love to see added in the future as the app comes out of preview and is developed over time. First up is releasing the app on other platforms. Whiteboard feels handmade for tablets and the reality is that while tablets powered by Windows 10 are popular, the iPad is still a major player in the tablet space. Being able to collaborate in real time using a Surface Pro, an iPad, and a Surface Hub would be a very attractive option for schools and businesses using a number of devices. Microsoft has a plethora of apps on iOS and Android so it’s certainly a possibility that Whiteboard will come as well.

Another feature that would help would be some orientation markers. When drawing on my device and sharing it with my friend, it opened to a different part of the same digital whiteboard. This could be a bug of being in preview but even if it that’s the case, having some markers to make sure you can find an area on the page would be nice. A potential solution would be the option to have the whiteboard be marked with rows and columns. For example, you could tell your coworker to jump to C7 on the grid.

Summary

e47d6_Whiteboard-hero_0 Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for ...

Whiteboard feels very natural and makes working with other people easier. It supports some nice inking features and the delay between you writing on your device and a friend seeing it is very low.

It’s a very promising preview and it’ll be exciting to see what Microsoft does with it in the future.

See in Microsoft Store

Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

1c04a_Whiteboard-hero_0 Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

Microsoft’s Whiteboard app was released in preview last week and it shows a lot of promise for online collaboration.

Microsoft has added the ability to collaborate in real time over the internet to a number of their apps and services. Last week, Microsoft released Whiteboard in preview which allows users to ink on a digital whiteboard with multiple users from different devices. We took a hands-on look of the app earlier this year before it was available to the public and now have some more thoughts after using it some more in its public preview release.

Since the app is in preview it wouldn’t be fair to do a complete review, but here’s what stands out and what we hope to see in the future. The app is free but to use multi-party collaboration at least one person needs to have an Office 365 personal, work, or school account.

See in Microsoft Store

A natural evolution

1c04a_Whiteboard-hero_0 Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

The concept of Whiteboard just works. Sure, there are some performance hiccups but the app is in preview so that isn’t an issue. Being able to draw on a virtual whiteboard and have others join in with very little delay seems like something that should have been a key feature on tablets years ago.

Whiteboard supports multiple ink colors, tools that help you draw shapes and charts, and the ability to type notes. These options make it easy to work together on math problems or any type of handwritten work or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend. Whiteboard will fit in very well in classrooms, workplaces, and could even be used for games and doodling with friends.

The app also lets you insert photos and galleries which help it be more versatile. Whiteboard combines the standard inking tools from many other Microsoft apps such as OneNote and brings in real-time collaboration. Eventually, it might even work as a baked-in part of other Microsoft apps.

A wish list

1c04a_Whiteboard-hero_0 Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

Whiteboard already has a good set of features in its preview form. Over time it’s certain to grab some more. There are a few specific features we’d love to see added in the future as the app comes out of preview and is developed over time. First up is releasing the app on other platforms. Whiteboard feels handmade for tablets and the reality is that while tablets powered by Windows 10 are popular, the iPad is still a major player in the tablet space. Being able to collaborate in real time using a Surface Pro, an iPad, and a Surface Hub would be a very attractive option for schools and businesses using a number of devices. Microsoft has a plethora of apps on iOS and Android so it’s certainly a possibility that Whiteboard will come as well.

Another feature that would help would be some orientation markers. When drawing on my device and sharing it with my friend, it opened to a different part of the same digital whiteboard. This could be a bug of being in preview but even if it that’s the case, having some markers to make sure you can find an area on the page would be nice. A potential solution would be the option to have the whiteboard be marked with rows and columns. For example, you could tell your coworker to jump to C7 on the grid.

Summary

1c04a_Whiteboard-hero_0 Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

Whiteboard feels very natural and makes working with other people easier. It supports some nice inking features and the delay between you writing on your device and a friend seeing it is very low.

It’s a very promising preview and it’ll be exciting to see what Microsoft does with it in the future.

See in Microsoft Store

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows …

Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.

Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud.

“It’s designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices,” the Microsoft Whiteboard team wrote in a blog post.

“This is certainly a step in the right direction for a more modern and natural style of collaboration,” said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.

Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud.

“It’s designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices,” the Microsoft Whiteboard team wrote in a blog post.

“This is certainly a step in the right direction for a more modern and natural style of collaboration,” said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.

Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud.

“It’s designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices,” the Microsoft Whiteboard team wrote in a blog post.

“This is certainly a step in the right direction for a more modern and natural style of collaboration,” said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Whiteboard is specifically tied to Windows 10, “thus limiting its cross-platform appeal,” he said. “Still, I am pleased to see that Microsoft is so highly focused on improving the way people create and share information. 

Windows 10 gets a Whiteboard

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Microsoft describes Whiteboard as a “freeform digital canvas.”


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Remote workers, multicontinental teams, crowdsourced projects — there are a lot of reasons to use collaboration tools, but few that are built around stylus or pen input. Microsoft has been teasing its own Whiteboard app for some time, and a public preview is now available.

Back in May, Microsoft showed off a tiny bit of Whiteboard and other stylus-friendly Office updates while talking about the latest Surface Pro updates. The just-released app promises to be a collaborative tool for real-time sharing of drawings, photos, graphs and more, not just for Surface products, but any Windows 10 system.

The preview of Whiteboard, available here, is free, albeit with a catch. Any Windows 10 user can download and use it. To save work to the cloud, you need to log into a Microsoft account, and to collaborate with a group, at least one member must be an Office 365 subscriber.

The Whiteboard preview is available now for the English-language version of Windows 10, with support for other languages coming in “a few months,” according to Microsoft.

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Windows 10 gets a Whiteboard – CNET

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Microsoft describes Whiteboard as a “freeform digital canvas.”


Microsoft

Remote workers, multicontinental teams, crowdsourced projects — there are a lot of reasons to use collaboration tools, but few that are built around stylus or pen input. Microsoft has been teasing its own Whiteboard app for some time, and a public preview is now available.

Back in May, Microsoft showed off a tiny bit of Whiteboard and other stylus-friendly Office updates while talking about the latest Surface Pro updates. The just-released app promises to be a collaborative tool for real-time sharing of drawings, photos, graphs and more, not just for Surface products, but any Windows 10 system.

The preview of Whiteboard, available here, is free, albeit with a catch. Any Windows 10 user can download and use it. To save work to the cloud, you need to log into a Microsoft account, and to collaborate with a group, at least one member must be an Office 365 subscriber.

The Whiteboard preview is available now for the English-language version of Windows 10, with support for other languages coming in “a few months,” according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft releases collaborative Whiteboard inking app for Windows …

Microsoft first unveiled its Whiteboard app earlier this year, promising to make it available to all Surface devices by the end of 2017. Microsoft is releasing a preview version of Whiteboard today to all Windows 10 devices, allowing multiple people to share and collaborate using digital ink.

The app lets Windows 10 users ink on images, create mockups, or use notes on a virtual whiteboard. Anyone can use the app, but the collaborative multi-party support will require someone in the group to have an active Office 365 subscription. The new Whiteboard app includes collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion, and automatic table shading. It’s really designed to let people share ink across multiple devices, and any work will be automatically saved to separate boards.

Microsoft is rolling this test app out to English Windows 10 editions today, with plans to support additional languages in the coming months. The Whiteboard app for Windows 10 will be available in the Windows Store shortly.

Microsoft’s new Whiteboard app aims to turn computer screens into digital canvasses

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The Microsoft Whiteboard app. (Microsoft Photo)

Microsoft today announced a new app that lets users turn their computer screens into whiteboards that can be edited and annotated by colleagues.

The appropriately named Whiteboard app is rolling out in a public preview today. It works on any Windows 10 device, and it allows multiple Office 365 subscribers to work on a document at the same time, across multiple devices. Microsoft has offered similar capabilities on some devices, specifically the giant Surface Hub device.

The app lets people mock up documents with either their hands or a pen. Photos can be dropped in, and rulers and other tools allow for precise measurements.

Here’s how it has been used during a private preview, according to Microsoft:

We saw startups use it to put together images, mockups, and notes as an inspiration board for their next big idea. We witnessed marketing agencies use it in online meetings as they work with clients on product designs in real time. And our team uses it to diagram engineering plans, with remote participants filling in their respective areas on the same working canvas.

The app automatically transforms inexact drawings into standard shapes. And whiteboards save automatically, meaning users don’t have to email changes back and forth.

The app is available for download on the Microsoft store. The company said the new app will replace the native Surface Hub whiteboard app when it becomes generally available in a “few months.”

Microsoft’s collaborative Whiteboard app is now available for Windows 10 users


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When it announced the new Surface Pro a few months back, Microsoft also used the opportunity to preview Whiteboard, a Windows 10 app designed to offer creative and business collaboration across devices. Since then, the app’s only been available as a private beta, but starting today, Microsoft’s offering it up as a public beta for anyone with a Windows 10 device.

Whiteboard is a compelling little app. It’s sort of a digital sibling to Microsoft’s pricey Surface Hub. The app will start rolling out to Windows 10 over the course of the next 24 hours, bringing the ability to essentially brainstorm, ideate, iterate and all of those other fun work things in real time across multiple devices running the same operating system.

The app uses a swap or a pen input, turning objects into standardized shapes in order to create tables, flowcharts, diagrams and the like; autosaving work to the cloud, others can pick up where you’ve left off. It looks like a pretty compelling app, and one that straddles the line between Microsoft’s traditional work focus and its current push to recruit more creative types through its Surface line of products.

Of course, these sort of work apps are really tough to get right, even with all of the advances to cloud-based collaborative over the past few years. Multi-device collaboration does require at least one person have an Office 360 subscription. Whiteboard is out of beta, but still in preview, so it’s not quite the final version. Microsoft’s still soliciting feedback, including feature requests through the app.

No word on whether or when the app might be coming to additional operating systems, but given Microsoft’s mobile strategy of late, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see it arrive on Android and iOS devices in the not too distant future.

Microsoft’s collaborative Whiteboard app is now available for Windows 10 users


2f584_image_limitlesscanvas_876x505-copy1 Microsoft's collaborative Whiteboard app is now available for Windows 10 users

When it announced the new Surface Pro a few months back, Microsoft also used the opportunity to preview Whiteboard, a Windows 10 app designed to offer creative and business collaboration across devices. Since then, the app’s only been available as a private beta, but starting today, Microsoft’s offering it up as a public beta for anyone with a Windows 10 device.

Whiteboard is a compelling little app. It’s sort of a digital sibling to Microsoft’s pricey Surface Hub. The app will start rolling out to Windows 10 over the course of the next 24 hours, bringing the ability to essentially brainstorm, ideate, iterate and all of those other fun work things in real time across multiple devices running the same operating system.

The app uses a swap or a pen input, turning objects into standardized shapes in order to create tables, flowcharts, diagrams and the like; autosaving work to the cloud, others can pick up where you’ve left off. It looks like a pretty compelling app, and one that straddles the line between Microsoft’s traditional work focus and its current push to recruit more creative types through its Surface line of products.

Of course, these sort of work apps are really tough to get right, even with all of the advances to cloud-based collaborative over the past few years. Multi-device collaboration does require at least one person have an Office 360 subscription. Whiteboard is out of beta, but still in preview, so it’s not quite the final version. Microsoft’s still soliciting feedback, including feature requests through the app.

No word on whether or when the app might be coming to additional operating systems, but given Microsoft’s mobile strategy of late, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see it arrive on Android and iOS devices in the not too distant future.




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