Add Whiteboard Tab in Teams
Inside of a Teams Channel, it would be great to add a Whiteboard tab. By clicking the plus button, I can insert a Word Document, or an Excel Sheet so everyone can reference that file collectively - adding Whiteboard so we can always refer back to it quickly and easily would be awesome.
Currently, Whiteboard and Teams is limited only to a Teams Meeting (and it's in Preview), which I think uses the Web App (and to be honest, it's not as good as the Windows 10 Whiteboard App).
Otherwise, keep up the good work. This is like MS's awesome hidden secret app, similar to OneNote was when it first started, had a cult following, and then exploded into the mainstream.
We are working on this, but there is a current workaround that works well for many:
1. Go to Whiteboard’s Web app (https://whiteboard.microsoft.com), create a new board, click the share link in top right, click “create sharing link” and click “copy”.
2. Add a new tab in Teams of type “Website” and simply paste in the URL to the Whiteboard you want to share with the channel. Name the tab “Whiteboard”.
3. Everyone in the channel will now have access to this Whiteboard.
4. Alternatively, you can paste in “https://whiteboard.microsoft.com” as a Website tab, and it will show the Whiteboard web app in the tab for each individual, instead of one shared whiteboard for the entire channel.
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What is the timeline for actual integration within Teams?
Gerard Tromp commented
Well. It sort of works. When I use the link method, everyone can see every whiteboard I have created and that is less than ideal. It should be created with the team identity and permissions,
Vyankatesh Gadekar commented
It is very difficult to discover the Whiteboard in Teams. I did not know it for a while not did my colleagues. We all love it though.
Josh Jeffries commented
This would be a game changer in my organization.
Steve Greenwood commented
@ian - the "add as a website" kludge doesn't work in our environment. It'd be way nicer to have Whiteboards actually baked into Teams.
Sander Kestelot commented
To bad you can't type in the whitboard when it is openend in a Team. My students (and myself included) can't write properly with just the pen. Typing works only when I open the app, but than I can't invite my students...
This is a must for our field crew, I'm surprise this wasn't thought through a bit better to begin with. However, as there's only 16 votes, it's almost certain never to see the light of day.
Unfortunately, I sometimes feel Microsoft does the absolute minimum to be able to say "Yep, done that. Cross that off the list" & Teams more than most suffers from this.
Jonathan Weaver commented
Adding it to a tab at the top would make it way easier to find later.
Jonathan Weaver commented
It took me a while to find my Whiteboard that I "Posted to Teams". I was expecting it to either be a tab or a file, but it showed up in the conversation history about 5 minutes after I clicked Post to Teams.
Having a Whiteboard tab with any whiteboard associated to that Team would be amazing!!!
Make MS Whiteboard available as an 'App' inside Teams for use when pinning a tab within a channel. Whiteboard should be an option when the user clicks "+", just like, inter alia, Word, PDF, Yammer and Forms are.
I'm keen to have your Whiteboard as a tab in a Teams channel as a digital analogue of the physical whiteboard on our wall.
If a Whiteboard could be integrated as a tab with any users already signed into Teams seamlessly signed into that Whiteboard, then a great deal of friction would be removed.
The current option of pinning a website with a link to the Whiteboard website as a tab is clumsy and requires signing in separately from Teams. Not nice.
Today your customers expect the UI/UX to feel smoother than a puma in a cashmere codpiece. At the moment we've got a hedgehog in a string vest.
See what you can do please.