Microsoft Brings Real-time Collaboration for Inking in Windows 10

James Marshall
December 6, 2017

It is a freeform digital canvas where people can create and collaborate content. Teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices can make use of this app. Microsoft mentioned that they tested this app with startups during the private beta phase and they noticed that this app enhances their collaboration. Microsoft's is introducing a new app that provides a similar whiteboard experience for touch- and pen-enabled Windows 10 PCs.

When it announced the new Surface Pro a few months back, Microsoft also used the opportunity to preview Whiteboard, a Windows 10 app created to offer creative and business collaboration across devices.

"With the preview of Microsoft Whiteboard, you can use intelligent ink that recognizes your freeform drawings and turns them into standard shapes, so it's easy to create great-looking tables, diagrams, and flowcharts", wrote Microsoft representatives in blog post. The Whiteboard app for Windows 10 will be available in the Windows Store shortly. Any work is automatically saved and users can see their peers making their additions, ideally preventing coworkers from writing over each other. It also lets users add local or Web photos that they can turn into "stacks"; do Bing web searches and use the Whiteboard switcher to access different boards. To use the app, which is free, one participant in a collaborative session must have an Office 365 personal, work or school account.

According to Microsoft, the app is used internally to draw up engineering plans that require input from multiple remote users. Currently, it is only available in English but should support other languages over the coming months. Microsoft showed off Whiteboard earlier this year, promising a release for its Surface devices by the end of this year.

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