Microsoft is acquiring a whiteboard experience like the one supplied with its Surface Hub hardware and making it available to Windows 10 users.
Not all companies have the budget or space for a digital white screen Surface Hub with a start price of around $ 7,000, but there is a good chance that your users have access to a PC. By supplying this market, the software maker announced on December 5 the preliminary release of its Microsoft Whiteboard application for Windows 10.
As the name implies, the application provides a canvas to sketch ideas, illustrate concepts, collaborate on designs and any other task that can be done on a typical blackboard that is mounted on a wall of the conference room. But it takes things one step further, allowing users to turn their scribbles into polished and shareable files.
"With Microsoft Whiteboard preview, you can use smart ink that recognizes your drawings freely and converts them into standard forms, making it easy to create great looking tables, diagrams, and flowcharts," they wrote. Microsoft representatives in a blog post.
"Unlike traditional slates, the application automatically saves your boards, so you can pick up where you left off or share links to your boards, so that others can build on your work." It is not necessary to take pictures of your canvas or send photos by email to others when you need them to catch up, "said the blog.
Users can embellish their boards import photos and add sticky notes. A gesture-based interface allows users to move to different areas of a board, collect images in a stack or rotate the virtual rule of the application at the desired angle.
You can also use your fingers to hastily scribble shooting ideas or a pencil to get precise and detailed drawings, as long as your Windows 10 devices are compatible with those input methods. The application's real-time collaboration capabilities allow multiple participants to draw on the same canvas using their own PCs.
Although anyone with a Windows 10 device can use the application, multiparty scenarios require that at least one participant have an Office 365 account (work, school or staff). A Microsoft or Office 365 account is required to save dashboards.
According to Microsoft, the application is used internally to develop engineering plans that require the entry of multiple remote users. In a private beta, marketing agencies used it to collaborate with customers on product design ideas and new companies used it to generate ideas and create models, according to company officials.
Microsoft Whiteboard is a free download of the Microsoft Store market application. Currently, it is only available in English, but it is expected to be released in other languages in the coming months.
In Surface Hub, the new application will eventually replace the whiteboard application that ships with the device, Microsoft said. The first users can download the Microsoft Whiteboard preview and run it along with the application that will be removed soon.
More information, including a frequently asked question with additional details for IT administrators and end users, is available here.