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Microsoft’s Whiteboard app leaks, shows the future of Windows 10 stylus support

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Microsoft first demonstrated its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 back at the company’s Surface Pro event in May. While the software maker promised it will launch later this year, an early copy of Whiteboard has leaked onto the internet today. It features many of the abilities that Microsoft demonstrated, including automatic inking to shapes and tables as well as the ability to see angles on shapes.

It appears that the Whiteboard app is targeted towards schools as this particular version is “Education Preview.” Microsoft has also included a ruler for more precise inking, and a variety of basic pens and highlighters. One of the more interesting additions is the ability to insert images from the web and automatic creation of an equation chart after you ink an equation.

One of the big additions to Whiteboard is collaborative inking, allowing Windows 10 users to hold meetings where everyone draws their ideas onto a canvas in real-time. It’s not possible to test this support in the leaked app as it does not support sign-in through a Microsoft Account just yet. Microsoft demonstrated this feature previous, and participants are display with their display picture next to ink input.

Overall, the Whiteboard app is very functional for basic inking. The smart shapes feature is impressive, and it’s clear Microsoft is adding features like search and equations even after it demonstrated the basics on stage last month. Microsoft is planning to make the Whiteboard app available for Windows 10 devices later this year.