Microsoft is launching its collaborative Whiteboard app on Windows 10 right now, and promising variations for iOS and the web quickly. The app has been in preview for Windows 10 for the previous seven months, and it’s now being made extensively obtainable on PCs alongside a brand new model for the web and iOS units. Whiteboard lets customers make notes on a digital whiteboard that may be shared and edited with others in actual time throughout units.
Anybody can obtain the app and start collaborating with different customers. In case you signal into the app with an Workplace 365 work or faculty account then it’s also possible to collaborate with a number of folks inside that group. Whiteboard helps inking on Windows 10 so styluses like the Floor Pen can be utilized for collaborative inking, geometry recognition, desk conversion, and automated desk shading. Whiteboard customers have been utilizing the app to write out course of flows, create tables collaboratively, and brainstorm displays.
Whereas an iOS app is debuting quickly, the Whiteboard staff is additionally engaged on an Android model for the future. It’s not clear precisely when that might be obtainable, however the web model of Whiteboard will work on Android cell units in the imply time. Microsoft hasn’t restricted its Whiteboard app to any specific browser both, and all main browsers are supported.
There’s no technical limitation on how many individuals can collaborate on Whiteboard, however Microsoft is surprisingly limiting the web and iOS variations to an Workplace 365 industrial account at the second. Whiteboard members don’t want to use a stylus to draw or annotate, keyboard enter and touchscreens are additionally supported so all trendy units might be ready to make use of the app. Microsoft is additionally planning to combine Whiteboard into its Microsoft Groups chat app, and deliver the app to its Floor Hub machine.
Whiteboard is primarily based on Microsoft’s acquisition of Intentional Software program final 12 months, and the software program maker has been working to combine this software program into Microsoft’s merchandise. Intentional Software program was based by Charles Simonyi, who was a former chief software program architect at Microsoft. Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 after serving to create Workplace apps like Excel and Phrase.
Replace, July 12th 3:25PM ET: Article up to date to make clear how Whiteboard works with a number of Microsoft accounts.