Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams

What is this?

Whiteboard integration in Microsoft Teams meetings is powered by Whiteboard for the web, which lets participants of Teams meetings collaborate together on a shared digital canvas.

How do I get started with a whiteboard in a Teams meeting?

You can share a whiteboard to make it available to all participants in a Teams meeting. That same whiteboard is simultaneously available in the Whiteboard applications on Windows 10, iOS, and on the web.

  1. After joining a Teams meeting, click the Share icon in the share tray of that meeting.

  2. In the Whiteboard section, select Microsoft Whiteboard.

How do you use the whiteboard in a Teams meeting?

As soon as the Whiteboard canvas has been started, Teams meeting attendees can ink and type collaboratively. To add ink, click the Pen icon, select a color, and then begin to draw, sketch, or write on the board. To add text, click the Note or Text icons, and then begin to type. These objects can be moved around on the canvas.

For richer functionality, Teams meeting attendees can open the whiteboard they’re editing in the full-featured Microsoft Whiteboard apps for Windows 10 or iOS to add other content types and use additional features. These changes will appear in the whiteboard being edited in the Teams meeting.

If a Teams meeting is recorded, will it include Whiteboard as part of the recording?

If you share a whiteboard during a Teams meeting that is being recorded, it will not be part of the recording. You can choose to use the desktop version of whiteboard and share you screen which will then include your screen in the recording. 

Can I access and continue working on a whiteboard after a Teams meeting ends?

After a Teams meeting, its whiteboard will be available to all participants from the Teams meeting chat, in a tab labeled Whiteboard. The whiteboard will also be available in the Board Gallery in the Microsoft Whiteboard apps for Windows 10 and iOS, so that meeting attendees can continue collaborating on a whiteboard even after a meeting has ended.

Can anyone start or ink on a whiteboard in a Teams meeting?

Teams meeting attendees within the same Microsoft 365 tenant can collaborate on a whiteboard. Anonymous, federated, or external users are not yet supported. We will provide information to customers when this becomes available.

What is Microsoft Whiteboard?

 

The following features are live today and are available on web, Teams and Android. The new Whiteboard will also be coming at a later date to Windows and iOS

Fresh modern look and feel

When you open the new Whiteboard, you’ll notice a brand-new user interface that combines a clean, modern look and feel with improved functionality. The new visual refresh makes features easier to access and to find. It’s also built to support the ever-growing capabilities of the app.

On desktops, laptops, and tablets, inking tools and content creation menus are separated to reduce cognitive load, while an app bar at the top of the canvas provides all of your collaboration and board-specific properties. On mobile, the creation panel & board controls are hidden to optimize real estate for viewing and collaboration. Large, colorful icons make it easy to use for mouse, touch, and pen users alike.thumbnail image 1 of blog post titled 
	
	
	 
	
	
	
				
		
			
				
						
							Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

40+ new templates

Expand and strengthen your whiteboard sessions with templates for common scenarios like brainstorming, agile rituals, problem solving, group projects and many more. 

thumbnail image 2 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

12 new sticky notes & note grids

Microsoft Whiteboard just got more colorful and organized, helping make your next workshop or brainstorming session more successful.

Sticky notes now offer more variety with an array of 12 colorful shades to choose from. Use different colors to create a color code system and get more organized by sorting by different color categories. Alternatively, assign one color per person to make it easier to see who contributed different ideas. Whatever your setup, enhance visual collaboration and encourage participation through the beauty of color.

Note grids help you create and build structure and form in your whiteboard session. Note grids present sticky notes in a clear and organized format. Customize each sticky note by color order and click to easily add extra sticky notes. You can also organize note grids by adding a title to them.

thumbnail image 3 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

Reactions

Expression is a cornerstone of collaboration. Users can now provide lightweight contextual feedback with a set of fun, engaging and meaningful reactions. Choose from a set of eight reactions to quickly communicate your thoughts and feelings on other’s ideas. Encourage participation from a broader range of participants. With reactions, it’s easy to engage and reply quickly in the moment!

thumbnail image 4 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!																																 

Insert images

Images can help us learn, grab attention, and convey abstract and complex concepts. Bring your whiteboard session to life by adding photos and images to convey visual ideas more impactfully. Users can download and insert images onto the canvas with the insert image feature.

thumbnail image 5 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!																																 

Shapes

Flowcharts and diagrams play important roles in describing processes and in organizing information. Use shapes to quickly start a flowchart or to create your own diagram. Basic shapes, lines and arrows can now be added with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Once added, you can resize, rotate and recolor the shape fill and border.

thumbnail image 6 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

New inking tools 

thumbnail image 7 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

Digital ink is an important part of Whiteboard, whether used to express your own ideas or to comment and annotate on other's ideas. Whiteboard is empowering everyone to leverage the unique visual expression capabilities that ink can offer.

Whiteboard now has 15 new pen and highlighter color options and a range of thicknesses to help visualize your content and bring your ideas to life. In addition to the traditional colors, spark the imagination and creativity of your team with Rainbow and Galaxy ink!

Ink Arrows

With ink arrows, get right to the point! Add the arrow attribute to any pen so your arrows look perfect every time. 

This feature adds a single or double arrowhead to the end of your ink stroke automatically, making inking easier and keeping your diagrams and annotations clean and organized.

Girl in a jacket

 

Ink straight lines

Drawing straight lines feels impossible! But not anymore…just press the Shift key as you draw. That’s it.

By holding down the Shift key and drawing, you’ll automatically create a straight line between the starting point of your stroke and your cursor. You can continue to move your cursor, finger, or pen to adjust the length and angle of your line.

Your line will automatically snap to 0, 45, and 90 degrees and to the nearest stroke end. If you need a little more flexibility, you can release the Shift key. This disables the snapping behavior and lets you adjust your line to anywhere you need it on the screen. This feature works for arrow strokes too, making it easy to create straight ink arrows!

 

Girl in a jacket

 

Ink to shape intelligence

 

Shapes are a building block for expression in visual collaboration. Create and iterate in a smooth and seamless way with ink to shape recognition. This feature allows users to visualize and conceptualize by quickly drawing shapes and then watch them automatically straighten! The best part? Converted ink is still ink, so it’s erasable, just like your other ink strokes.

Ink shapes with mouse:

Now inking shapes with mouse is easy! With this setting on, all the ink shapes you draw with a mouse will be automatically converted. If you prefer your original ink, just undo and you’ll see your original ink stroke. Not drawing many shapes? You can turn this setting off too.

Ink shapes with pen:

Draw and hold gesture shape conversion! Draw a line, circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, pentagon, or hexagon using a single ink stroke. Before picking your pen up off the screen, hold it in place for a few milliseconds. The shape will convert, and you can leave the ink as-is, or resize or rotate the converted shape!

 

thumbnail image 8 of blog post titled 
	
	
	 
	
	
	
				
		
			
				
						
							Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

Ink tools keyboard shortcuts

Your tools at your fingertips. Switch between ink tools seamlessly using keyboard shortcuts. Stay focused on your content without having to change focus to the toolbar.

Switch to Draw Mode Alt + W  / Alt + W + 1 
Pen 2 Alt + W + 2 
Pen 3 Alt + W + 3
Highlighter Alt + H 
Erase Alt + X
Arrow mode Alt + A
Double arrow Alt + Shift + A
Beautify Alt + B

 

Format background

Who said whiteboards can only be white? Customize your board by changing the background color and pattern with attractive colors and grid designs to suit your needs. Leverage black to create a "dark mode" for your next project.

 

thumbnail image 9 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

Object alignment and rotation snapping

Arrange your content seamlessly with alignment, snapping, and rotation. As you drag one canvas object towards another, alignment guides appear to help you place your item precisely in line with the objects around it. As you rotate an object, watch it snap to 0, 45, and 90 degrees to help you achieve the exact rotation you need.

Girl in a jacket

Bring to Front and Send to Back

Optimally reposition objects that are on the whiteboard canvas by re-arranging and layering them with the Bring to Front and Send to Back feature.

thumbnail image 10 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

Coming next month

We’re continuously refreshing and updating Whiteboard based on feedback and customer needs. Here is a sneak peek into some of the new features that will be rolling out next month.

New Whiteboard for Windows and iOS

The new Whiteboard provides a single unified user experience for all our customers across all devices, operating systems, and platforms. We’re rolling out an update to our native apps on Windows and iOS. This update will happen automatically and will provide you with all the new Whiteboard features from templates, shapes and reactions, to inking improvements, and more.

thumbnail image 11 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

 

Expanded support for consumer accounts

Furthering our goal of making Whiteboard available and accessible to everyone, we will soon support Microsoft accounts in our Android app and on the web in addition to our existing support in Windows and iOS apps. This expands Whiteboard’s availability for everyone across all the devices they use regularly-both at work and home.

Insert documents

The ability to organize and bring in rich content is a key part of the new Whiteboard experience. Next month you can bring in documents, such as PowerPoint presentations to annotate on, make connections, and iterate together.

thumbnail image 12 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!																																 

Coming in the next few months

Whiteboard is being rebuilt on top of OneDrive for Business to integrate seamlessly across the Microsoft 365 suite, so you can create, share, discover, and manage whiteboards as easily as any Office document. Availability for commercial customers has been shared through Message Center, and OneDrive for Business storage will become the default for new whiteboards in early 2022. As part of this change, we will be enabling many new capabilities outlined below.

Collaborative cursors

Hop on a whiteboard with several other colleagues and watch the board come alive. Collaborative cursors let you see other people on the board and what they’re working on in real time. Each user will be represented by a different color and a name bubble. Use collaborative cursors to guide each other on the board and follow along as your colleagues are explaining.

Girl in a jacket

 

Collaboration roster

The new collaboration roster shows you who’s actively collaborating on the whiteboard in real time with you. If no one’s in the whiteboard, it will show you who made the last edit and when, making asynchronous hybrid work collaboration even easier.

Sharing

The new share control for the web should feel familiar, as we’re using the same sharing dialog you’ll find in Office online and other experiences. This share control allows you to select specific people in your organization to share the link with, making it even easier to stay in the flow while working.

Laser pointer

Get other people’s attention as you share your best ideas. When you’re collaborating with others, you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw attention to something in the board. The laser pointer ink will automatically animate away slowly, keeping you in your flow.

thumbnail image 13 of blog post titled 			 																													Welcome to the new Whiteboard!																																 

Office.com search and discovery

Get back to your whiteboards quickly by finding them in your recent list or searching for them on Office.com.

Recycle bin

When whiteboards are stored in OneDrive for Business, you will be able to find and recover deleted whiteboards in your recycle bin.

Note: The above-mentioned features are available today for any GCC customers who are using Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business. The timeframe that these features become available to commercial customers depends on when an organization opts-in to OneDrive for Business. Learn more here. 

We’re so excited to share these updates with you today and offer a sneak peek into what’s coming in the next few months. We hear from customers every day that while the future of work may be evolving, one thing remains clear—it's never been more important for people to be able to collaborate effectively, wherever and whenever. We have reimagined the new Microsoft Whiteboard, the visual collaboration workspace in Microsoft 365, to do just that.

Helpful Resources

Details

Article ID: 89916
Created
Sun 8/30/20 10:27 PM
Modified
Thu 6/16/22 12:46 PM