I don’t want to speak for any company, but personally, I have to imagine it’s tough to be a manufacturer of digital whiteboards right now (well, at least during the past year). As employees abandoned their offices, it seems like sales probably took a big hit.
But a new take on digital whiteboards, called Miro, aims to be more than an in-person-only piece of hardware.
As a recent TechAcute article details, the Miro whiteboard allows all its users to access it remotely, creating a hybrid collaborative work surface.
More from their article:
This digital whiteboard’s real-time collaboration experience is similar to those offered by other cloud-based group tools, such as Google Docs — where team members can see any additions or changes made by others instantaneously. However, Miro includes many other boards that go beyond shared documents.
While it’s usually typical of team collaboration services to rely on and offer a specific type of template — for example, Trello works with a Kanban template — Miro offers seven different types of use cases, and each leads to 40 or more innovative templates.
Each board allows users to incorporate mind maps and charts, as well as a huge variety of documents.
…while Miro has a free plan, it also has three other paid plans. These include Team, Business, and Enterprise. The Team plan costs $8 for each member per month, and it’s recommended for groups that consist of more than 2 members.
The interesting solution here is that it takes away the back-and-forth nature of, say, collaborating on a static document in Sharepoint or Google Docs. I’m sure we’ve all had to wait for a colleague to make changes and then review it, before starting the whole process over again. It feels sluggish at best.
Having a cloud-based platform in which to work — where everyone is collaborating in real time — seems like a valuable riff on this technology, especially in a time when hybrid workplaces are becoming the norm.