Microsoft Whiteboard is rolling out a new experience on OneDrive for Business, this article covers this new experience that has only been made available for certain customers. 

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. If you do not see this option, please update the module.

Where is Whiteboard data stored? 

Whiteboards are stored as .whiteboard files 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: 

Note: Whiteboards are not supported in Microsoft Teams on mobile devices and in channels, 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 and mobile devices

What OneDrive for Business features are supported? 

Whiteboard files work within OneDrive for Business as other file types, including features such as recycle bin and versioning, with the exception of external sharing. External sharing support is on the roadmap.

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 in Teams are shared with links accessible to people in your organization, regardless of the setting for default link type. Support for utilizing the default sharing link type is on the roadmap.

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