Google has announced that it will be shutting down its Jamboard whiteboarding app by late 2024. Jamboard is a collaborative tool that allows real-time collaboration by reflecting any changes made on its website or app to the Jamboard hardware. However, Google will be working closely with third-party partners and integrating FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro into its Workspace to provide users with a collaborative digital whiteboard. The decision was made based on feedback from customers who found the advanced features offered by these third-party partners to be helpful in improving team collaboration. Google also assured users that there will be a retention and migration path to ensure they don’t lose any collaborative work they have created within their organization.
In addition to shutting down the Jamboard app, Google will also cease support for its $5,000 Jamboard device, a 4K digital whiteboard that was launched in 2017. The device will no longer receive auto-updates after September 30, 2024. This move by Google reflects its shift in focus towards core content collaboration across platforms such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides. By leveraging its partner ecosystem for whiteboarding in Workspace, Google aims to provide teams with a robust and seamless collaboration experience while streamlining its own product offerings.
Google’s decision to wind down the Jamboard app and device highlights the company’s commitment to adapt and refine its product lineup based on user feedback and market demands. By integrating third-party partners and consolidating its efforts on core content collaboration, Google aims to provide its users with enhanced collaboration tools while ensuring a smooth transition for existing Jamboard users.