Collaboration and interactive whiteboarding have become a mainstay in technology-forward companies across the globe, and many utilize Microsoft’s Surface Hub collaboration suite to do so. Now, anyone with a Windows 10 device can get involved with interactive collaboration with Microsoft’s Whiteboard app.
The company has announced a public beta available to anyone with a Windows 10 device. According to the Microsoft website, the app will allow users a number of similar capabilities to its expansive Surface Hub whiteboard app:
Give ideas room to grow, and let everyone contribute with notes, images, diagrams, and more. Work with others across multiple devices and see what they’re doing in person or across the globe.
Work with whatever feels most natural to you. Use your fingers for a fluid experience or your pen to draw the finer details. The pen-first, touch-first technology makes it easy to get to your desired output.
Save your boards, share them as live links, or export them as images. Use intelligent ink that recognizes your freeform drawings and turns them into great-looking shapes, tables, and flowcharts.
TechCrunch gives a description of how the app works:
The app uses a swap or a pen input, turning objects into standardized shapes in order to create tables, flowcharts, diagrams and the like; autosaving work to the cloud, others can pick up where you’ve left off. It looks like a pretty compelling app, and one that straddles the line between Microsoft’s traditional work focus and its current push to recruit more creative types through its Surface line of products.
If you have a Windows 10 devices, such as a Surface Pro or a smartphone running Windows 10, you can download the preview app now. The device will surely please users that work on Surface Hub suites in the office and want to take that experience home with them, or anyone that wants to work more dynamically and collaboratively through a shared digital whiteboard experience.