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Microsoft is adding a bunch of new features to Whiteboard soon

Microsoft Whiteboard is a digital canvas available for free across multiple platforms including Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, and Teams. The tool enables people to work in collaborative online environments by allowing them to create and visualize their ideas on a single digital whiteboard. Microsoft regularly adds features to Whiteboard and it has recently revealed a range of new capabilities coming to this piece of software soon.

Microsoft Whiteboard running during a Teams call

On its Microsoft 365 Roadmap portal, the firm has outlined several enhancements coming to Whiteboard in the coming weeks and months. We have tabulated them below along with their descriptions, platforms, expected general availability (GA) dates, respectively, for your convenience.

Feature Description Platforms Tentative GA Date
Embedded Online Video Users can insert a video URL and have the video appear directly on the canvas. Teams and Surface Devices September 2022
URL support URLs inserted into Whiteboard will become clickable links. Desktop, Teams and Surface Devices, Web, Education September 2022
Attribution Participants in Teams and on Web can see who added content to the board. Web, Desktop September 2022
Commenting The ability to add comments on a whiteboard to aid in discussion with board participants. This will include a comments pane to see all comments on a given whiteboard. Desktop, Teams and Surface Devices, Web November 2022
Follow Users will have the ability to invite users on a whiteboard during a Teams meeting to follow their viewpoint as they navigate and interact with the canvas. Desktop, Teams and Surface Devices, Web November 2022
Timer Adding a timer to Whiteboard to help enable users to run timed activities, such as a timed brainstorm. Desktop, Teams and Surface Devices, Web December 2022

The aforementioned capabilities sound quite nifty on paper and will likely be appreciated by those who heavily utilize the digital canvassing software.

That said, it is important to note that the general availability dates are tentative in nature so there's a possibility that they might slip or that some of the features may not arrive at all.

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