Unified Whiteboard experience coming to Surface Hub
Published Feb 09 2022 09:36 PM 11.3K Views

The new Microsoft Whiteboard, completely redesigned for the hybrid workplace, is coming to Surface Hub this month – and it is fully integrated into Microsoft Teams. If you manage Surface Hub in a corporate environment, here’s what you can expect.


Whiteboard inside Teams meetings on Hub

Surface Hub and Surface Hub 2S devices will automatically get the new Whiteboard experience via Windows Update in a phased global rollout, February 14-28. So if you're on a Teams call, and share the Whiteboard within Teams, you'll be enjoying the latest whiteboard experience with the same features available today across PC, web and mobile platforms.


Select Share content > Microsoft Whiteboard to begin. You’ll continue seeing all the meeting participant video feeds simultaneously in an optimized layout. The best part is that all attendees in a meeting, who are also members of the tenant hosting the call, will have the ability to collaborate from their individual devices or other Surface Hubs using Teams. To learn more, see Welcome to the new Whiteboard!


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Microsoft Whiteboard in a Teams meeting on Surface Hub


New standalone Whiteboard app for Surface Hub

Your current Microsoft Whiteboard app will automatically update when it rolls out to Surface Hub devices from March 7-March 25. Although it will provide the same core experience, some features will be unavailable, and the way users share whiteboards outside of a Teams meeting will change. To learn more, see Use the new Whiteboard on Surface Hub


OneDrive for Business storage enables richer collaboration features

Microsoft Whiteboard will transition from Azure to OneDrive for Business storage as part of a global phased rollout from March 15 to April 15.


OneDrive for Business storage enables new collaboration features allowing you to:


  • See who’s actively collaborating in real-time or who made the last edit.
  • See other people on the board and what they’re working on (using collaborative cursors).
  • Use familiar sharing features found in other Office products.
  • Point a laser to draw attention to something on the whiteboard.
  • Find your whiteboards on Office.com.
  • View and restore previous versions of a whiteboard.
  • Recover deleted whiteboards from the Recycle Bin.

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OneDrive for Business storage enables richer collaboration features


To learn more, see Microsoft Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business.


Note: Whiteboard on Surface Hub will use OneDrive for Business storage for new whiteboards in most cases, with one exception. If the whiteboard is shared directly from the Surface Hub instead of by another participant in the meeting, it will temporarily use Azure storage. If you need to prevent use of Azure storage in this scenario, please contact Microsoft Support to block this.


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