Microsoft has released a Fluent Design update for its Whiteboard app in Teams and on the web. Ian Mikutel from the Microsoft Whiteboard team announced the news on Twitter yesterday, saying that the online collaboration tool has been updated with a new toolbar inspired by Microsoft’s Fluent Design language.
🚨Introducing our new Fluent UI toolbar and shapes, lines, & arrows in Microsoft Whiteboard for @MicrosoftTeams & Web!
Collaboratively diagram during brainstorm sessions & take your remote/hybrid work & learning to the next level. So much more to come, stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/EzuwdKZoNS
— Ian Mikutel (@IanMikutel) April 14, 2021
The most interesting novelty is the addition of new Fluent design elements, including shapes, lines, & arrows, to the Whiteboard app. The “Add shape or line” icon is available through the toolbar, and it features various symbols that can be used to draw flow charts quickly. This should make it easier for business and education users to collaborate with other people within Microsoft Teams during brainstorm sessions.
Microsoft revealed the Fluent Design system back in 2017 and announced its plans to incorporate its new design language across all its products. Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Edge are two noteworthy examples, and we also learned last month that Windows 10 is getting new icons in the File Explorer. This means that heading into the future, we will likely see more Fluent Design elements in other parts of the OS.