The Evolution of Collaborative Whiteboarding: A New Chapter sans Jamboard

Change is the only constant, and in the tech world, it’s more like a daily ritual. Today, we’re diving into some significant updates from the tech giant that’s always on its toes – Google.

Jamboard’s Sunset πŸŒ…

Google’s Jamboard, the beloved collaborative whiteboarding software, is gearing up for its final curtain call. The company has decided to phase out the app by the end of 2024. But don’t worry, it’s not a goodbye to collaborative whiteboarding; it’s more of a “see you in a different form.”

Why the Change? πŸ€”

Based on feedback from Workspace customers, it seems many found third-party solutions more in tune with their needs. Features like infinite canvas size, specialized templates, and voting mechanisms made these third-party apps a preferred choice. So, instead of reinventing the wheel with Jamboard, Google is choosing to channel its energies into enhancing its core collaboration tools like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

What’s Next for Jamboard Users? πŸš€

Mark your calendars for October 1st, 2024. That’s when Jamboard will transition into a read-only mode. This means no new creations or edits to existing Jams. But there’s ample time till December 31st, 2024, for users to back up their Jam files. Post that, Google will start the process of permanently deleting files. But here’s the silver lining: Google promises a smooth migration process to platforms like FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro, ensuring that your data transition is just a few clicks away.

Remember Jamboard Hardware? πŸ–₯️

For those who invested in the $5,000 Jamboard whiteboarding display, there’s news on that front too. The hardware will stop receiving software updates come September 30th, 2024. And if you’re thinking about renewals, they’ll be available up to that date, albeit at a prorated amount. The 55-inch Jamboard device will officially reach its end of life on October 1st, 2024.

Looking for Alternatives? 🧐

If you’re in the market for new whiteboarding hardware, Google has some recommendations. Check out the Google Meet Series One screens, particularly the Board 65 and the Desk 27. And for educational institutions, Google’s got your back. They’re collaborating with platforms like Figma, Lucid Software, and Miro to ensure a smooth transition.

What About Free Alternatives? πŸ€‘

A picture of Richard Byrne holding up 3 fingers to indicate three free alternatives to Jamboard.

Need some good whiteboarding software at no additional cost? Richard Byrne recommends 3 clever alternatives in this video that is definitely worth the watch.

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