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Microsoft Whiteboard for iOS receives major updates for the first time since debut

Since Microsoft launched its Whiteboard collaboration tool on iOS in September during its Ignite 2018 conference, the app has only been receiving a series of performance improvements and bug fixes. Today, it's getting its first batch of new feature updates on Apple's App Store.

New changes to the app include improvements to shape recognition effects, an Accessibility Checker, and the ability to pin images to the background, among others. The update bumps up the app's version number to 1.1811022. Here's the full changelog:

  • Lock any image to the whiteboard background and never worry about accidentally erasing, moving or having to recreate template-like content again.
  • Make sure your whiteboard is easy for people of all abilities to read and edit with a new Accessibility Checker.
  • Access improved sticky note editing experience. Just double tap to add text and let your ideas flow fast.
  • Your recognized shapes and tables now have a hand-drawn effect applied to them to help you impress your peers with your penmanship.
  • When opening a whiteboard, we now show you a fancy loading animation to help pass the time (and so you don't sit wondering if anything is happening).
  • A sprinkling of usability, performance, and bug fixes to make your whiteboarding experience a bit more polished.

As a digital collaboration tool, Whiteboard allows you to add sticky notes, write or draw with ink, stack things, move objects around, and more. It also comes with smart features including intelligent shapes in which the lines or curves you draw are automatically straightened up for you.

The latest version is now available to download from the App Store, though keep in mind that it only works with iOS 9.0 or higher.

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