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Google is shutting down Jamboard

What To Know

  • Come October 1, 2024, the Jamboard device will reach its Auto Update Expiration, marking the cessation of software updates, as elucidated in Google’s official blog post outlining the impending shutdown.
  • Features like an infinite canvas, use case templates, and voting capabilities have resonated with users, driving Google to pivot its strategy towards core content collaboration, focusing on the triumvirate of Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • The Avocor Series One Board 65 and the Desk 27 are slated to inherit the mantle, carrying forward the legacy of digital whiteboarding.
  • FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro are diligently working on integrations tailored for these devices, with an anticipated completion timeline spanning the latter part of 2023 and the dawn of 2024.

Google’s Jamboard, a sophisticated whiteboard device and accompanying application, is set to gracefully conclude its journey in 2024, as announced by the tech giant this week. The Jamboard device, a substantial 55-inch digital whiteboard, has found its niche primarily within educational and professional realms. However, the sun is setting on this chapter, with all license subscriptions for Jamboard devices scheduled to expire on September 30, 2024. It is imperative that users back up their data before this pivotal date.

Come October 1, 2024, the Jamboard device will reach its Auto Update Expiration, marking the cessation of software updates, as elucidated in Google’s official blog post outlining the impending shutdown.

The Jamboard app, which currently resides within the confines of Google Drive, will not be spared either. As of October 1, 2024, the creation and modification of new Jams (essentially whiteboard slides) will be rendered impossible on any platform.

The timeline for the Jamboard’s descent into the annals of tech history unfolds further. Between October 1 and December 31, 2024, Jam will be relegated to a “view-only” mode, permitting users to retain access for data backup purposes (Learn the art of exporting your Jam files here). However, come December 31, 2024, the curtain will fall, and all Jam files will be irrevocably expunged from existence. Jamboard will cease to be within reach.

Google, in its wisdom, has charted a new course, indicating its intention to integrate third-party whiteboard tools into its Google Workspace suite. Among these tools are Figjam by Figma, Lucidspark by Lucid Software, and the visual workspace known as Miro.

Google underscores the feedback received from its discerning customer base, acknowledging the benefits of these tools in fostering enhanced collaboration among teams. Features like an infinite canvas, use case templates, and voting capabilities have resonated with users, driving Google to pivot its strategy towards core content collaboration, focusing on the triumvirate of Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Furthermore, Google’s announcement reveals the impending succession plan for Jamboard. The Avocor Series One Board 65 and the Desk 27 are slated to inherit the mantle, carrying forward the legacy of digital whiteboarding. FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro are diligently working on integrations tailored for these devices, with an anticipated completion timeline spanning the latter part of 2023 and the dawn of 2024.

For those seeking comprehensive details, a visit to the Jamboard FAQ page is highly recommended.

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