Post-it Notes adapt to work-from-home with video conferencing app

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  • Sunday, 16 Oct 2022

Bringing a digital component to analogue notetaking creates 'an experience that is inclusive for all', Green said. — 3M/Tribune News Service

Post-it Notes are getting a hybrid-work upgrade with a Microsoft Teams app that lets users digitise handwritten notes by holding them in front of the camera.

Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M is partnering with Microsoft to bring a Post-it app into the virtual meeting platform, which was used by about 250 million people worldwide every month in 2021.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the new app during a customer conference Wednesday morning.

"3M has built a Post-it app on Teams to support all the ways people brainstorm and collaborate," he said. "Handwritten Post-it Notes are seamlessly transformed into a digital whiteboard by simply taking a picture."

Microsoft's technology can then sort and assign tasks based on what is uploaded.

"Collaborative apps represent a paradigm shift in how apps are built," Nadella said. "Work doesn't happen in a vacuum."

Heather Green, 3M's global vice president of the Post-it and Scotch brands, said in a news release "the ability to collaborate in hybrid environments is critical," as a mix of in-person and work-from-home moves from pandemic necessity to long-term trend.

About 58% of working Americans – 92 million people – had the opportunity to work at home at least one day a week this year, according to a McKinsey survey. And among those offered the opportunity, 87% said they took it.

As a result, video messaging services – including Teams, Slack and market-leading Zoom – are still getting heavy use.

Bringing a digital component to analogue notetaking creates "an experience that is inclusive for all," Green said.

3M first released a Post-it app for smartphones in 2014 and relaunched it in 2019.

The Post-it app for Teams is being offered for free for the first month, then US$2.99 (RM14) per user monthly or US$31.25 (RM146) per user yearly. – Star Tribune/Tribune News Service

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