As we move back to into an office or hybrid environment, tech companies are redoubling their efforts to make remote or hybrid working a viable option, while still keeping those who are in an office environment connected to their colleagues.
Making sure neither party feels at a disadvantage is top priority; communication, collaboration and information equity is key to running a successful hybrid environment. To help with this, Microsoft have completely revamped or retooled some of their Microsoft 365 platform apps, and today we’ll take a look at Microsoft Whiteboard.
To match the upcoming Windows 11 operating system update, Microsoft Whiteboard has had quite a facelift, giving it a new, cleaner, and more modern appearance, while keeping tools easily accessible to those who have used previous iterations of the app. Some of the new and freshly improved features are as follows:
Collaboration Cursors – See whose cursor is where, and follow their cursor easily with customised colours and a name tag for each person.
Templates – Want to start out organised? Use one of the available templates to kick-start your collaboration process – or create your own template.
Virtual Laser Pointer – A much-requested feature; direct your audience’s attention exactly where you want it with the laser pointer tool.
Collaborative Diagrams – form shapes, lines and text into diagrams that you or your colleagues can edit as necessary. Auto-shapes and ruler lines also work with this tool.
Notes Grid – Easily organise notes into a smart table for easy reference later on.
While they’ve added to or polished many of the other features, the main functionality of the virtual whiteboard still remains, of course – freehand inking. Microsoft also made some improvements to various parts of the inking process:
Improved Mouse Inking – For those without a stylus, drawing with a mouse is now easier, as whiteboard will automatically smooth out your shapes and lines.
Better Pen Support – For those with a Surface, iPad or similar other device that supports pen input, the experience has been made better, supporting additional pen functions.
Auto Shapes – Whiteboard recognises when you’re trying to draw a circle, a square, a rhombus, or any number of other shapes – making your diagrams and workspace neater.
Colour Options – Increase your creativity and express your individuality with visually interesting colour options, or even draw or write in Rainbow or Galaxy ink on the whiteboard.
Next week we’ll continue our look at some of the enhanced or updated hybrid working features of Microsoft 365