As companies around the world begin to implement hybrid work policies, Microsoft is making it even easier for employees to visually share their ideas in Microsoft Teams with a series of new updates to Microsoft Whiteboard.
Microsoft Whiteboard is an online collaboration tool that allows users to brainstorm and develop new ideas in a shared visual space. The software giant’s whiteboarding app can be used on its own, but it can also be used with the company’s video conferencing software.
When users open the new whiteboard, they are greeted with a brand new user interface that combines a clean, modern look and feel with improved functionality. As part of this new visual update, the app’s features are also easier to access and find.
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On desktops, laptops and tablets, all freehand tools and menus for creating the content of the app are separated in order to reduce the cognitive load, while an app bar at the top of the work surface provides access to all collaboration functions and board-specific properties of Whiteboard. However, on mobile devices, the controls for the creation panel and board are hidden to optimize screen space. With the addition of large, colorful icons, Microsoft Whiteboard is easy to use for mouse, touch, and pen users alike.
Templates, sticky notes, reactions and new freehand tools
As part of Microsoft’s new updates to Whiteboard, the company has added more than 40 new, fully customizable templates to help users get started faster. There are templates for a number of common scenarios, including brainstorming, problem solving, group projects, and more.
To make the whiteboard more colorful and organized, Microsoft has also added new sticky notes with 12 bright colors to choose from. While these new colors can be used to create a color coding system for projects, users can also assign a color per person to make it easier to see who has what ideas. To make collaboration even easier, Microsoft has also added lightweight contextual feedback with a range of fun and engaging responses.
Pictures and shapes can also be added to projects in Microsoft Whiteboard to attract attention and convey abstract and complex concepts. Shapes can even be used to create flowcharts and diagrams.
Since digital ink is an important part of whiteboard, Microsoft has also added 15 new color options for pens and highlighters, as well as a range of thicknesses to help users visualize content and bring their ideas to life. Microsoft Whiteboard users can now color in straight lines, arrows and shapes with ink-to-shape recognition. In the meantime, keyboard shortcuts for freehand tools make it easy to switch between tools, so users can focus on their content without having to change focus on the toolbar.
Whether you’re using Microsoft’s brand new Surface Studio laptop, Surface Go 2, Surface Duo 2, or even your smartphone, creating and collaborating with colleagues on teams just got easier with these latest updates to Microsoft Whiteboard.
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