Google announced today that it will be sunsetting its collaborative Jamboard app in late 2024. The company cited a focus on working more closely with third-party partners as the reason for the decision.
Jamboard was launched in 2017 as a digital whiteboard that allows users to collaborate on projects in real time. It has been popular with businesses, schools, and other organizations that need a way to brainstorm ideas and share information visually.
However, Google has not been able to keep up with the competition in the whiteboard space. Third-party tools such as Miro and Mural have gained popularity in recent years, offering more features and functionality than Jamboard.
Google is encouraging Jamboard users to transition to other whiteboard tools before the app is sunset in late 2024. The company has also provided a list of resources to help users make the switch.
Here are some of the alternatives to Jamboard that users may want to consider:
- Miro: A cloud-based whiteboard platform that offers a wide range of features, including templates, collaboration tools, and integrations with other Google products.
- Mural: A similar platform to Miro with a focus on design and creativity.
- Whiteboard.fi: A free and open-source whiteboard platform that is easy to use and customizable.
Users who are still using Jamboard after late 2024 will still be able to access their Jamboards and collaborate with others. However, Google will no longer be providing updates or support for the app.
Google's decision to sunset Jamboard is a sign that the company is shifting its focus away from standalone products and towards integrations with third-party partners. This is likely a response to the growing popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools.
Users who are still using Jamboard should start planning their transition to a new whiteboard tool as soon as possible. There are a number of viable alternatives available, such as Miro, Mural, and Whiteboard.fi.