Microsoft Whiteboard has finally landed on the Google Play Store, at least as a preview, reports say. The tool was previously only offered for Windows and iOS. Now, users can download the tool to try it out, although there are still a few wrinkles to iron out.
Microsoft Whiteboard, a handy collaboration tool for students and professionals, is now available on the Google Play Store as a public preview. The app offers a free-form smart canvas that can be used to “visually design, create and collaborate through the cloud”. The tool has been available on Windows and iOS for some time, and it’s finally rolling out to Android.
What is the Microsoft Whiteboard?
For clarity, Microsoft Whiteboard is a tool for collaborative interactions in a team, work, or educational environment. In this regard, it’s not too different for Google’s Jamboard, for example. And, to that end, it’s designed to work with touch, type, and stylus inputs, allowing users to draw, insert text, or add notes to what is actually a free-form canvas. . As described by Microsoft, the digital canvas is a place “where people, content and ideas meet.”
With the whiteboard, team members in any of the aforementioned settings can work together on their own devices, doodle, and more. The latter also goes beyond standard doodles, turning drawings into graphs and tables as needed and automatically. These are updated on the digital canvas in real time, helping teams collaborate more effectively. All through a linked Microsoft account.
This is just a preview for now, and obviously
Now Microsoft Whiteboard is very clearly not intended for the average user and is very clearly in its preview phase. Among the proofs, in particular, in its current iteration, this is just a web application. Or, more specifically, a web wrapper displayed in an app. And, of course, there are still some bugs that need to be fixed with this release. As is the case with every app that comes pre-release.
Also, since it is not intended for the average user, it does not currently work with person accounts. Only education and business accounts are supported. All of these issues should be resolved by the time it performs a full and stable deployment, presumably with integration intact as well.