Microsoft’s other digital collaboration tool that isn’t OneNote, Whiteboard, getting better with improved Bing image search later this month.
Perhaps looking to follow Google’s Jamboard and undermine Apple’s fledgling FreeForm app, Microsoft’s Whiteboard Roadmap has a new Bing Image Search feature added to its release schedule that will include :
The ability to search for images online via Bing will soon be available on the Whiteboard Web, Teams, and Windows app. This service can be controlled by an optional connected experiences policy, which controls whether users have access to the feature.
The new image search has been added to the free Whiteboard app and its roadmap as of May 31, 2022is currently in development and is expected to hit the platform with general availability as early as this month (June 2022).
The addition of Bing Search should help further generalize the use of Whiteboard as an intuitive brainstorming app.
Whiteboard has a modern, streamlined context menu that doesn’t offer additional search options or the paired creative menu that offers a simple bridge to images located on the desktop.
Interestingly enough, OneNote, Microsoft’s other collaborative brainstorming tool, craves a similar Bing image search feature that’s launched either through a context menu or the Insert tab along the ribbon.
Soon we’ll see if Microsoft offers a similar workflow for inserting images from the web or if they continue to modernize their approach to functionality in the whiteboard paradigm. Ultimately, we could see a merger of the two platforms if features continue to overlap.