Enable Microsoft Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business

Microsoft Whiteboard is rolling out a new experience on OneDrive for Business, this article covers this new experience only. 

For more information about our existing commercial offering, please see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=859501.

How can Whiteboard be enabled or disabled? 

Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business is automatically enabled for applicable Microsoft 365 tenants. It can be enabled or disabled at a tenant level using the SharePoint administrative PowerShell interface. 

To enable or disable Whiteboard for your tenant, do the following: 

  1. You will need the SharePoint Online PowerShell module to enable or disable all Fluid Experiences across your Office 365 tenant.

  2. Connect to SharePoint Online PowerShell.

  3. Enable Fluid using the Set-SPOTenant cmdlet

  4. Set-SPOTenant -IsWBFluidEnabled $true

The change should take approximately 60 minutes to apply across your tenancy.

Where is Whiteboard data stored? 

Whiteboards are stored in OneDrive for Business. 

Whiteboards are created in the OneDrive for Business of the person who starts the whiteboard. This includes whiteboards created in the stand-alone Whiteboard applications as well as Microsoft Teams meetings, chats and channels.  

Any users who do not have OneDrive for Business provisioned cannot create new whiteboards, but they can collaborate if invited to a whiteboard created by someone else. 

What client experiences are supported? 

Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business currently supports: 

  • The stand-alone Whiteboard web application at https://whiteboard.office.com. 

  • In meetings, channels and chats when using Microsoft Teams for web or desktop.

Note: Whiteboards are not supported in Microsoft Teams on mobile devices, but this will be rolling out in the coming months. 

The following client experiences are not yet supported, but are on the roadmap for 2021: 

  • Stand-alone Whiteboard applications on Windows 10, Surface Hub, Teams Meeting Rooms and mobile devices

What is the experience on Surface Hub? 

Whiteboard on Surface Hub will continue to be an anonymous-only experience that can be used without signing in. We will be rolling out a new client experience for the Surface Hub later in 2021 that will support full collaboration. 

How are sharing links created? 

Whiteboards are shared using company-shareable links, regardless of the default setting. If company-shareable links are disabled, Whiteboard will not be able to work in Teams meetings and should be disabled. Support for additional sharing link types is on the roadmap.

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