Jamboard app discontinued

Google Jamboard App is about to be phased out.

Google has opted to discontinue its whiteboard application, Jamboard, by late 2024. The company’s decision was announced in a Workspace post, where it stated its intention to enhance collaboration by collaborating more closely with third-party partners.

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Jamboard, a native whiteboarding solution, facilitated real-time collaboration, allowing users to view edits made on Jamboard hardware. To ensure similar tools remain available to its users, Google plans to integrate FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miri into its Workplace app. The company also committed to providing a “retention and migration path” to safeguard users’ collaborative work within organizations.

Google cited customer feedback indicating a preference for third-party apps due to their advanced features. This feedback led the company to leverage its partner ecosystem for whiteboarding in Workspace, redirecting its focus towards core content collaboration in Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

In addition to discontinuing the app, Google is phasing out its 4K digital whiteboarding device, which retails for $5000.

Use of Jamboard

“The Jamboard device, designed for educational and professional use, boasts a 55-inch digital whiteboard. It’s important to note that all such device license subscriptions will expire on September 30, 2024, and it is imperative to back up data before this date.

Following that, on October 1, 2024, the device will reach its Auto Update Expiration, after which it will no longer receive software updates, as communicated by Google in their blog post regarding the shutdown.”

The app is presently available within Google Drive and doesn’t require a specialized device for use. However, this functionality is also being phased out. Starting from October 1, 2024, users will no longer have the ability to generate new Jams (whiteboard slides) or modify existing ones on any platform. From that date until December 31, 2024, it will be transitioned into a “view-only” mode, during which users will still have the option to back up their Jams.

Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Google shutting down Jamboard?

Google Jamboard will no longer be available after December 31, 2024 across Web, iOS, Android, and Google Meet devices. Your Jam data will be available for you to export or migrate to one of our whiteboard partners, like FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro, until that date.

  • Why is Google shutting down Jamboard?

“Based on this feedback, we’ve decided to leverage our partner ecosystem for whiteboarding in Workspace and focus our efforts on core content collaboration across Docs, Sheets, and Slides,” Google said in its announcement.

  • What is the alternative for Google Jamboard?

We have compiled a list of solutions that reviewers voted as the best overall alternatives and competitors to Jamboard, including Miro, FigJam, Mural, and ClickUp.

Is Jamboard offline?

To set up the board, an Internet connection is required. In offline mode, it supports core drawing functionality. However, online connectivity is required for sharing, saving to Drive, handwriting recognition, connecting to a meeting, and other alike features.

Is Jamboard Google free?

Yes, this Google app is free. As long as you have a Google account, you are able to use it anywhere on any device.

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