Microsoft has launched its Whiteboard app’s new version for Microsoft 365, with features designed to help people collaborate better whether they’re working from the office or home. It also updated its Teams, Fluid Components and Viva apps to make them work better both for hybrid remote and office-based workplaces.
As you know the Whiteboard behave like a physical whiteboard, letting you draw, erase and attach sticky notes. You can also type, add and manipulate images to enhance a presentation. With the latest version, Microsoft is focusing on guided collaboration, as well as new content types, a new UI and expanded Microsoft 365 integration. To that end, Microsoft introduced “collaboration cursors” (like inVision app) that can help remote users see what others are doing on the whiteboard. And just like with a physical whiteboard, there’s a new laser pointer that helps you bring attention to key ideas. The latest version also introduces templates to help you get started on a presentation, along with a “follow along” feature to guide users through ideas.
Microsoft Rather than just having inking as before, you can combine shapes, lines, text and ink to create “collaborative diagrams.” Another new capability, “insert image and documents,” lets you connect ideas, annotate and iterate across different types of content. You can react to different ideas with new stickers, and use “fluid components” to bring in elements like tables or task lists. Microsoft has also freshened up the UI with a new fluent toolbar, using its fluent design language introduced in 2017. That provides a single unified user experience across devices, operating systems and platforms.
Microsoft also emphasized hybrid work environments with the latest version of Teams, saying “we are focused on building experiences in Teams that are designed to ensure all voices are heard including the people not in the room.” To that end, Microsoft has integrated its Viva employee experience platform into teams. It help employees schedule periods where they can work uninterrupted with Teams notifications silenced, and even use the Viva Insights app to do guided meditations and mindfulness exercises.