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On 25th September, Google announced 2 big customer-requested updates to the Jamboard, and they don't disappoint!

Google has added two highly requested features from customers that help you jam from anywhere and give you more control when sharing your work: creating and editing jams from the web and a “View Only” mode.

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Create and edit your jams in a web browser

While users have always been able to view a jam from any device, editing and collaborating on a jam has been limited to touch devices (like the physical kiosk, tablets, and smartphones).

Now, you can create and edit your jams on the web too.

With the new updates to the Jamboard web experience, everybody on your team can join in and collaborate on a session in their web browser. This means that anybody in the meeting can participate, whether they want to edit a sketch from a laptop or quickly type up sticky notes during a brainstorm.

Google jamboard - Create and edit your jams in a web browser
We’ve found that this makes using and adopting Jamboard much easier for most teams and organisations.

Share and protect your work with View Only mode

Sometimes you want to share something to collaborate on, but other times you want to share something that’s complete, something that you just want your colleagues to view, not edit.

Perhaps it’s an early brainstorm that you just want your manager to be able to view, or perhaps you’re a teacher sharing an assignment that you don’t want students to edit or change.

With View Only mode, you can share something broadly but set exactly who has edit access.

Google Jamboard - view only mode updateThe feature looks and works similarly to other G Suite apps like Docs, Sheets and Slides, so you have a consistent experience no matter what you’re creating and sharing.

Jamboard update: manage permission levels when sharing work

Earlier this month, Google released some other impressive updates to the Kiosk, mobile app and web version:

Jamboard kiosk

  • View Only access role - Users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.
  • Selecting and moving objects improvements - Kiosk will now display: active touch indicator, object selection border, and collaborator picks for remote collaborators
  • Improved cross platform text layout for post-it notes - Improvements to the way post-its are displayed across platforms.

Mobile

  • View Only access role - Similar to Kiosk, users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.
  • UI Improvements - New layout and styling of the list of jam files in the filmstrip view.
  • Create jam from mobile browser - Users can now create a jam in the mobile browser.

Web

  • View Only access role - Similar to Kiosk, users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.

If you'd like to learn more about Google Jamboard, take a look at our Resources centre to find guides, videos and webinars on the cloud-first, interactive whiteboard.

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