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The New Microsoft Whiteboard App is Here

Yes, it’s new! And there are a LOT of new features in the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, which reached general availability at the end of September.

For starters, Microsoft is rolling the new Whiteboard interface experience out to the web, Teams, and Android platforms. The last 18 months have seen the evolution of hybrid work develop into a new reality, being adopted across many different companies, industries, and employee types.

The new Microsoft Whiteboard app includes the following new features:

  • A new modern look and feel
  • More than 40 new templates
  • 12 new sticky notes
  • Note grids
  • 8 reactions, such as like and smile.
  • The ability to insert images and shapes
  • New inking tools
  • The ability to format the background
  • Object alignment and rotation snapping
  • And the ability to send objects to front and send to back

Microsoft Whiteboard has been on a steady journey of evolution since its inception a few years ago. I’m going to cover the most exciting and transformative features that will have the most chance of enhancing your productivity amongst your teams, colleagues, and guest users.

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The new Microsoft Whiteboard app is available today

As I stated, the features shown here are available now on the web, in Microsoft Teams, and Android. These new enhancements are coming to Windows and iOS later in October.

Fresh modern look and feel

You will easily notice a brand-new user interface when launching the new web app.

The new Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

40+ new Microsoft Whiteboard templates

Microsoft has announced a wide array of new Whiteboard templates. You can now expand the breadth and impact of your Whiteboard sessions with templates around scenarios like brainstorming, rituals, problem solving, group discussions, and many more.

New Microsoft Whiteboard templates (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

12 new sticky notes & note grids

We have some more color to be excited about! There are now 12 new colors for sticky notes that can better help you organize your thoughts, your notes, and your energies into a more cohesive and explainable canvas. Note grids help you create and build form and structure in your sessions.

12 new sticky notes and colors in Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

Reactions

By now, you are well aware of ‘reacting’ on social media. Whiteboard incorporates this quick and easy method of expressing one’s interest and feelings for a subject by including contextual feedback with a set of fun, engaging, and meaningful reactions.

Reactions in Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

Insert images

You can now bring your session to life by adding photos and images to bring out more meaning to your visual ideas. You can use the insert image feature to download and insert images right onto your canvas.

Insert Images in Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

Shapes

Flowcharts and diagrams play important roles in articulating the processes you have on paper or in your mind. Basic shapes, lines, and arrows can now be added with the mouse or the tap of your finger.

Shapes in Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

Coming to Microsoft Whiteboard in October

New Whiteboard for Windows and iOS

Later this month, the new interface will start rolling out to Windows and to iOS devices.

Expanded support for consumer accounts

Based on the goal of making the Whiteboard experience accessible to everyone, Microsoft will soon support Microsoft Accounts (MSA) in the Android app and on the web. This functionality already exists in Windows and iOS apps.

Coming in the next few months

Collaborative cursors

Hop on a whiteboard with several other colleagues and watch the board come alive with cursors using different colors for each user! This will help guide your flow, as if you’re all in the same room jotting down notes and ideas on a whiteboard.

Collaborative Cursors in Microsoft Whiteboard (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

Wow! I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about the new experience Microsoft is rolling out. I already took a quick spin on the web and it is a dramatic improvement over the somewhat stark, and boring UI it’s replacing. So, go take a look and browse out to the new Microsoft Whiteboard website!

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