What are Shared Components?

Shared components are common features that are delivered to both slow channel and latest channel sites each month. All sites automatically receive updates to the Webex components delivered by the cloud, such as Webex site pages, meeting integrations, APIs, the mobile app, the web app, and site administration.

As a slow channel customer, you’ve chosen to keep the desktop meeting application on a specific supported slow channel version. You will not see changes to your in-meeting experience, like those added to latest channel sites, unless your site upgrades to a newer desktop app version.

The following are the new shared component updates delivered to slow channel sites:

Shared Components | November 2021 (41.11)

Announcements

The 41.11 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Configuration of Webex Control Hub and Webex Site Administration to support eCDN

    This feature leverages a Vbrick Rev tenant for enterprise content distribution (eCDN) and video content management (eVCM).

    After the administrator turns on and configures Vbrick Rev eCDN site users on the Webex site, they have the ability to get webcast events configured on Vbrick Rev tenant site that supports eCDN.


    You’ll need to acquire the Vbrick service to use this feature.


    This feature is available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it is available on your site.

  • Web scheduler now supports Multiple time zones

  • Similar to Webex Events (classic), the host can use the Time zone planner in the Webex Meetings and Webex Events Scheduler page to plan a time where the invitees who are based in multiple time zones can attend.

  • Easy to use audio mute state management, recording controls, lock state, and raise hands available on Webex on-premises devices

    It’s now possible to accurately reflect the mute status in the meeting participant list for our on-premises registered video devices. Previously, when they muted or unmuted themselves, this wouldnt show up in the participant list.

    When the host mutes the video device user, the user on the video device also sees a device notification indicating that they have been muted. When the host requests the video device user to unmute, the video device user is prompted to unmute using DMTF-*6. However, they can simply use their device mute button to unmute themselves.

    In addition, if the host turns on or off the ability for participants to unmute themselves, users on video devices then see appropriate messages rendered on their video device.

    When a meeting is setup in the moderated unmute mode, hosts on the Webex App can continue to mute and unmute video device users directly from the app.


    There’s no request to ummute and response flow. Keep in mind that in this mode, if a user on a video device uses their local mic button to control their mute state, this is not reflected on the Webex App participant list.

    As a host on a Webex on-premises registered video device, you can now record meetings using controls on the device interface instead of using DTMF controls, see direct device messages indicating the lock status of a meeting, and can now raise and lower your hand in a meeting using controls on the device interface instead of using DTMF controls.

    With the first tap on the recording control a new recording is started. Tapping on the recording button again stops the current recording.

    In addition, all users on Webex on-premises registered video devices see a recording icon shown on the edge of the screen. When the recording stops, the icon is removed.

    When a meeting is locked, there’s a key icon shown on the edge of the screen to indicate that the meeting is locked. When the meeting is unlocked, the key icon is removed.

    When someone else raises their hand, you see a hand icon displayed on the edge of the screen. When all hands have been lowered by the host, the icon is removed from the screen.


    Make sure to follow the instructions at the Active Controls help article to configure your on-premises components for proper operation of this feature: Improve the Cloud and Premises Meeting Experience with ActiveControl.

  • Support for Android 12

    Webex Meetings is now supported on Android 12.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Web scheduler now supports Multiple time zones

Similar to Webex Events (classic), the host can use the Time zone planner in the Webex Meetings and Webex Events Scheduler page to plan a time where the invitees who are based in multiple time zones can attend.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

Scheduling Webex Events (New) now becomes easier

As a host, you can see the Schedule an event button on the site home page rather than it being hidden under the Schedule a meeting button.

When you want to switch to Webex Events (classic), you can provide feedback on why you still use Webex Events (classic) rather than Webex Events (new).

Hosts can invite attendees or upload CSV Files in Webex Events (New)

Hosts can invite attendees using the event information page once they schedule an event. If there are a lot of attendees, then the host can upload .csv files that contain up to 10,000 attendees. If the host wants to add more than 10,000 attendees, they can upload multiple .csv files.

User interface change in Webex Events

User interface changes in Webex Events (new) are aligned with the behavior in Webex Events (classic). By default, the Start button changes to Schedule in the Schedule an Event section.

Device Enhancements

Easy to use audio mute state management, recording controls, lock state, and raise hands on available for Webex on-premises devices

It’s now possible to accurately reflect the mute status in the meeting participant list for our on-premises registered video devices. Previously, when they muted or unmuted themselves, this wouldn’t show up in the participant list.

As a host on a Webex on-premises registered video device, you can now record meetings using controls on the device interface instead of using DTMF controls, see direct device messages indicating the lock status of a meeting, and can now raise and lower your hand in a meeting using controls on the device interface instead of using DTMF controls.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Change app name

As a part of the rebranding efforts, we’re changing the app name from Cisco Webex Meetings to Webex Meetings.

Improvement in the meetings mobile app

We’ve made improvements to the More Menu in the Mobile app.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Support for Android 12

Webex Meetings now supports Android 12.

Administration Experience

Configuration of Webex Control Hub and Webex Site Administration to support eCDN

This feature leverages a Vbrick Rev tenant for enterprise content distribution (eCDN) and video content management (eVCM).

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

New GDM Location

We’re adding a Mumbai Data Center to the list of our GDM locations. This move allows all Webex Meeting application (Desktop, Mobile, and Web) to select the Mumbai Data Center as the destination for their computer audio sessions into their meetings. This is expected to significantly enhance the computer audio quality of Webex meeting participants from India and nearby regions in Asia Pacific.

Folder and version compatibility changes

With the 41.11 update, the install folders have changed for Windows users. Installation files are now found in the following folders:

Latest version sites - MSI deployment:

  • Program Files (x86)\Webex\ or Program Files\Webex\

Latest version sites - individual user downloads:

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_01

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_02

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_03

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_04

Slow channel version sites – MSI deployment:

  • Program Files (x86)\Webex\ or Program Files\Webex\

Slow channel version sites – individual user downloads and signed-in users:

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings\

  • Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_slow\

We’ve also made it faster to join meetings when updating your Webex version. You’ll now join your meeting first and then update later when updating from the last four versions, instead of just the last two. Your Webex Meetings application always updates to the latest version, even if an older version is saved locally. If the local version isn’t the same as site version, they may be upgraded or downgraded to the site version.

Signed-in slow channel version site users also join first and then updated later to the version in \Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Webex\WebEx\Meetings_slow. If the local version isn’t same as site version, users may be upgraded or downgraded to match the site version.

This update also allows MSI deployment to slow channel sites. If user deploys the Webex Meetings MSI package msiexec /i webexmc_x64.msi FORCELOCKDOWN=1, then it uses the Program Files (x86)\Webex\ folder version to join meetings if the folder is compatible with site version.

Finally, we’ve added webexhost.exe as a daemon process to replace ciscowebexstart.exe, which automatically downloads client package to provide a faster joining experience.

Shared Components | October 2021 (41.10)

Announcements

The 41.10 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.

Highlighted Features for this Update

Support Available for Apple iOS 15 and new iPhone Devices

Webex meetings are supported on new Apple iPhones. Users will have a seamless meetings experience when they upgrade their devices to the latest.

Webex Meetings will be supported on Apple iOS 15.

Post-Meeting Experience

Host Report for Webcasts

The host can now see the same attendee report in a Webex Events (new) webcast as in a webinar. After the webcast ends, Webex generates a report, and the host can find them in the Completed Meetings tab.


This feature is available on an independent release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Events- Panelist and Attendee Chat Enhancements

In Android and iOS, attendees can chat with individual panelists, all panelists, and everyone in Webex Events (new).​ Panelists can chat with all panelists and everyone in an event.

Support for 1080P Video​ in a Meeting

iOS and Android apps support receiving 1080p video in a meeting.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Support Available for new iPhone Models

Webex meetings are supported on new Apple iPhones. Users will have a seamless meetings experience when they upgrade their devices to the latest.

Support Available for Apple iOS 15

Webex Meetings will be supported on Apple iOS 15.

Administration Experience

End of Support for Office 2010 File Sharing

Microsoft discontinued support for Microsoft Office 2010 on October 13, 2020. Starting in 41.10, we can no longer provide support for file sharing in Webex for this version of Office. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of Office or using screen sharing or application sharing.

Shared Components | September 2021 (41.9)

Announcements

The 41.9 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Video Layout Improvement for Tablet and iPad

iPad Pro and higher end Android tablets can now enjoy enhanced video stage layouts during their meetings. Currently, the stage view only supports four to five videos. With this update, users can view eight to nine videos depending on the stage layout:

  • Nine videos in stage view when content is shared.

  • Eight videos in stage view when content isn’t shared.

Support for Slido

iOS and Android apps now support Slido:

  • When an event host or cohost starts a poll or Q&A through Slido, then it appears for mobile participants.

  • Mobile participants can respond to the poll.

  • Mobile participants' responses are saved in Slido's back-end.

  • Toggle in Webex Control Hub to turn on or turn off the feature.

Limitation

Mobile users can’t start a poll or Q&A through Slido.

Immersive Sharing as an Attendee

iOS and Android app users can view immersive share as an attendee. At this time, mobile app users can’t choose immersive share when presenting.

Support Raise Hand in Meetings Breakout Sessions

Like the desktop app, iOS and Android apps now support Raise hand and Lower hand in breakout sessions.

  • Hosts and cohosts can lower all participants' hands in the same breakout session.

  • All participants can raise and lower their own hands in the breakout session.

Prevent Cohosts from Accidentally Ending Meetings

Like the desktop app, iOS and Android apps have implemented user experience improvements to prevent instances of ending the meeting by mistake.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Support for iOS 15

As part of our readiness for the upcoming iOS 15 update, Webex Meetings is now supported on the iOS 15 (beta version), for those customers who would like to begin their testing early.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Support for Android 12

As part of our readiness for the upcoming Android 12 update, Webex Meetings is now supported on the Android 12 (beta version), for those customers who would like to begin their testing early.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Microsoft Teams Integration: Starting and Scheduling Meetings from Message Extension

Using the Webex Message Extension, Microsoft Teams users can now Start an instant meeting and Schedule a meeting.


This feature currently supports scheduled Webex Meetings. Personal Room meetings will be supported in a future update.

Webex Meetings APIs

Meetings RESTful API to Support Automatic Lock Setting in Create, Update, and Delete Meeting

Webex Meetings now has a setting that allows developers to specify if they want to automatically lock the meeting after it starts. They can also specify the number of minutes after the meeting starts, for the meeting to get locked automatically.

Shared Components | August 2021 (41.8)

Announcements

The 41.8 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Webex Supports E.164 Phone Numbers

Webex now supports the E.164 international phone number format. For more information, see the Administration Experience section for this update.

Administration Experience

Print Friendly Format to View Usage Report

We’ve brought back the function of Print Friendly format for the usage report. The administrators can review all items on the same page and can then decide if they need to print out the reports or not.

Display the Attendee's Actual Phone Number on the Report

With this update, you can see the attendee's actual phone numbers in the report. Previously, the report may have included a phone number that wasn’t used in the meeting. As the result, the hosts and administrators couldn’t contact those attendees.

Webex Supports E.164 Phone Numbers

Webex supports the E.164 number format and we recommend that you use this format for user management and CSV imports and exports. We’ve added the option Support E.164-format phone numbers in reports (enabled by default) to the Batch Import/Export Users page.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Meetings API Support for Webex Events (New)

As a developer, you can now schedule events using the Webex Meetings API. The API supports standard CRUD operations in line with the current meetings API endpoint. We're releasing more API features to support the Webex Events (new), so stay tuned here to learn more in the coming months.


This feature isn’t supported for Webex for Government.

Zendesk Integration

Zendesk agents can create a Webex Space associated with an incident ticket and communicate or chat with various collaborators of the ticket using the space.

Jira Service Desk Integration

Jira Service Desk agents can create a Webex Space associated with an issue ticket and communicate or chat with various collaborators of the ticket using the space.

Name Look-up for adding Co-workers to a Webex Meeting or Webex Space from Box

We're making it easier to invite your co-workers using the Share in Webex app for Box. With this enhancement, you can easily add co-workers to a Webex meeting or space by typing their names. As you start typing, matching names display and you can select from the list.

You'll be able to identify which co-workers are already collaborators on the Box file. You'll also receive alerts of people who're invited but don't have file access. You can opt to provision their access seamlessly as part of setting up a Webex meeting or space.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Side-by-Side Mode for Dual Camera Support

Users can share live content through the back camera of their device while remaining a video participant through the front camera of their device. When users use Side-by-Side mode for dual camera, their front and back camera video is combined to one video side by side. The other meeting participants see the participant video that placed the user’s front video and back video side by side at the same time.

Keyboard Shortcut Optimizations

iPad users now have access to the following core meeting functionality from a Bluetooth keyboard:

  • Space—Mute or UnMute

  • Shift + V—Start or Stop your video

  • Command + D—Share content

  • Command + P—Stop sharing

Press Command during the meeting to see the list of keyboard shortcuts.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Enhanced Recording Management

Based on-site administrator settings, Android users can now rename and delete recordings.

Resize Stage Video and Content Sharing

Android tablet users in 41.5 could drag the video ports to stage. Now they can resize the video stage and content sharing by dragging the divider horizontally.

Shared Components | July 2021 (41.7)

Announcements

The 41.7 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Administration Experience

Users are Forced to Sign out When their Password Change is Detected

You may realize a security risk with your credentials and then change your password to continue using Webex applications in a secure manner. If you’re using a Control Hub managed site with SSO and are leveraging Directory Connector (another Webex product that provisions users of Webex), the backend service can detect this password change. It asks you to re-authenticate your accounts to ensure safety.

As an administrator, you’ll need to go to Control Hub org settings and turn on the option Force authentication when users change passwords.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Slack and Webex Custom Status

Take the guess work out of your Slack status. If you have a custom status like 'on PTO' but then join a Webex meeting, your status changes to 'In a Webex meeting' for the duration of the meeting. Your status changes back to what you had originally set once the meeting is over.

Insert a Box Link to a Meeting Invite

Quickly access Box files from meeting invites. When you start or schedule a meeting from Box, the Box file’s Shared Link is included in the meeting invite. For more information, see Collaborate on Files with Box.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Improved End-to-End Encryption

Similar to desktop, mobile will also support Zero Trust Security for Webex Meetings and Webex Room Devices.


This feature will be available on an independent release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Sync the Stage from Mobile

Similar to desktop, hosts and cohosts on the mobile app can customize the stage by dragging a participant’s video on to the stage area and syncing the stage for everyone in the meeting to see.

Events to Support up to 10K Users

Similar to desktop, the mobile app supports Webex Events (new) with up to 10,000 attendees, dependent on the event's capacity.

Shared Components | June 2021 (41.6)

Announcements

The 41.6 update has important announcements, which you can review in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Reactions Flow Across Webex Rooms Devices and Apps

    You can now have a more expressive and fun meeting experience with multiple reactions to choose from in a meeting. You’ll now be able to send and receive reactions across cloud registered Webex Rooms devices and Webex apps.


    Users on standards-based SIP and H.323 video devices won’t be able to see reactions in this update but worry not. We’ll bring that soon!

    This feature isn’t available for Webex for Government.

  • See More People During Active Content Share on SIP-Based Webex Devices

    With the unique integration between Webex meetings and Webex devices your in-meeting video and content experience just got better with SIP-based Webex Desk, Room, DX, SX, and MX-series devices.

    Before this update, when content was shared in a meeting, you would see a single video stream with people at the top of the screen that had whitespace around it, making it hard to see who else is in the meeting.

    Now, you’ll see a video strip of up to six video participants displayed at the top of the screen for a more immersive video experience. This experience is also consistent with our devices when registered to the cloud.
  • Updated Stack Layout Experience for On-Premises Registered Video Devices

    We’re updating the Stack layout experience for on-premises registered video devices to better align with the rest of the portfolio. Stack view is one where the active speaker is shown in a large pane with other people shown separately in smaller size.

    In the Webex app and Webex devices registered to the cloud, this view has the not active speakers shown above the active speaker. However, on devices registered on-premises, this would have the not active speakers shown below the active speaker.

    We’re changing the experience for on-premises registered video devices to better align with the rest of the app and device experiences by moving the not active speaker above the active speaker. At the same time, the empty spot in between not active speakers is now removed.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Meeting Template Improvements

We’ve made some changes for meeting templates in the Webex Meetings scheduler.

When you edit a scheduled meeting, you will no longer see the default meeting template selected in the drop-down list. This avoids potential confusion if you were not using the default template.

When you’re scheduling a Personal Conference meeting, the meeting templates drop-down list will now appear. This makes it easier if you want to select a meeting template.

While scheduling a meeting, when you select a meeting template that was customized by you or the site administrator, that template’s settings will now be used, instead of what you’ve set in Preferences. However, if a customized meeting template feature isn’t available to your site users, then your option in Preferences will be used.

Device Enhancements

1080p Video Resolution for All Video Devices

Video devices joining Webex meetings will now have up to 1080p video resolution with up to 6 Mbps bandwidth for the best possible video quality.

Webex Rooms devices registered to the cloud were already enjoying 1080p video. With this release, we’re expanding this capability to all standards-based SIP and H.323 devices that support 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Those SIP and H.323 devices were only able to get 720p video prior to this update.


This feature will be available on an independent release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Reactions Flow Across Webex Rooms Devices and Apps

You can now have a more expressive and fun meeting experience with multiple reactions to choose from in a meeting.


This feature isn't available for Webex for Government.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

See More People During Active Content Share on SIP-Based Webex Devices

With the unique integration between Webex meetings and Webex devices your in-meeting video and content experience just got better with SIP-based Webex Desk, Room, DX, SX, and MX-series devices.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

Updated Stack Layout Experience for On-Premises Registered Video Devices

We’re updating the Stack layout experience for on-premises registered video devices to better align with the rest of the portfolio.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

Administration Experience

Global Distributed Meetings (GDM) Updates

In this update, we’re enabling Global Distributed Meetings (GDM) for SIP calls made into Webex Meetings. In order for us to support GDM for these standard devices and clients, we’re using a GeoDNS based on MaxMind's GeoIP database. To ensure that we connect your SIP clients and video devices to the best Webex Media Node, you should verify that all of your external IP addresses that our cloud service will see have the correct country code associated with them. This includes any Expressways or other SBCs that you concentrate outbound SIP traffic through or if you have any devices directly connected to the Internet. If the country code for these IP addresses is incorrect, you need to submit a correction to MaxMind. For more information, see the help article for the full details on how to test your addresses and how to submit any required reports to MaxMind.

If you have reasons not to allow this feature, it can be disabled on a site-by-site basis by request while any issues are corrected.

Disable Callback to Certain Countries

Site administrators in Webex Site Administration and Webex Control Hub now have the ability to turn off telephony callback for any countries they choose from the Audio Settings page. If there are countries you don’t do business with, or if you want to prevent fraudulent or suspicious calls to your meetings from certain countries or regions, you can uncheck them from the Webex Allowed Callback Countries list. For more information, see Disable Callback to Certain Countries


This feature isn’t available for Webex Meetings Online sites.

People Insights Managed in Control Hub

People Insights profiles will no longer be managed at the site level in Webex Site Administration and Webex Control Hub. Instead, IT administrators can configure People Insights options at the org level in Control Hub to easily configure People Insights for all their meeting sites. The existing site settings in Site Administration and relative settings in Control Hub are disabled, but we’ve added a link to Control Hub for configuration.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Webex Meetings List Available in Microsoft Teams Using a Hybrid or On- Premises Microsoft Exchange Mailbox

No more jumping back and forth between Microsoft Teams and your Webex Meetings desktop app just to see your meetings list. You can now see all your meetings list in Microsoft Teams.

We already have a meetings list in Microsoft Teams for cloud Microsoft Exchange. This is new for customers that have on-premises or hybrid Microsoft Exchange.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.


The latest mobile features aren’t available when the Webex Meetings app is signed into a slow channel site, but they are available if you sign in to a latest channel site.

Enhancements to the Guest Join Experience

This feature enhances the join experience for a guest user. Similar to desktop, mobile app will also streamline the guest join flow for a user when they click a link to join a meeting.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Slido Integrated into Webex Meetings

Webex has integrated Slido for mobile users to respond to Slido polls and Q&A within the Webex Meetings app.


This feature will be available on an independent release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Sync the Stage from Mobile

Similar to desktop, hosts and cohosts on the iOS mobile app can customize the stage by dragging a participant’s video on the stage area and syncing the stage for everyone in the meeting to see.

Shared Components | May 2021 (41.5)

Announcements

The 41.5 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

Stop Video from Video Devices (Devices and Mobile)

Devices

We all like engaging video experiences in a meeting, but at times you need to stop the video from a particular participant.

Meeting hosts can now stop video coming from video devices. Before this update, hosts could only stop video from other desktop app users.

Once video is stopped, users can resume video by taking one of the following actions:

  1. Webex Rooms devices with dedicated a touch device: select start video from the touch device.

  2. Webex devices configured in Personal Mode: close or re-open the privacy shutter.

  3. SIP and H.323 devices: use DTMF-66.

When any of these devices leave and re-join the meeting, their video will start, even if it had been stopped previously by the host. If the participant has joined from more than one application or devices, the participant has to leave from all and then join back to start the video.

Stop Video from Mobile Devices (Android and iOS)

Similar to desktop, the host can now stop video coming from a participant.

Administration Experience

End of Service for Java Client Downloads

In an ongoing effort to maintain and upgrade our service and code base, we’re ending service for our Webex Meetings, Webex Training, and Webex Support Java clients. This means that customers will no longer be able to download these clients. Existing clients can still be used, but updates will no longer be made. The vast majority of functionality of these clients can be found through the Webex web app.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Migration of Existing Display Names from Control Hub to Webex Meetings

This is a data migration that will be transparent to customers.

Some customers might experience seeing an inconsistent display name in a meeting, which is different from the display name in Control Hub. After the migration, all the users will see consistent display names on all services.

Video-Centric Recording Layouts to be Enabled by Default.

Administrators no longer need to choose video-centric layout recordings explicitly for your company sites. Going forward there will be no check box to enable this setting in the site administration settings page. Instead, video-centric recording layouts will be enabled by default for all your sites. You can still choose the layouts you would like the recordings to be generated in, just like today.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Davra Integration for Interim Simultaneous Interpretation

Interim Simultaneous Interpretation using a third-party integration with Davra will be available until the Simultaneous Interpretation feature is available directly within the desktop app later this year.

  • Hosts can schedule meetings with multiple language channels.

  • Attendees will be able to select the language they want to hear during the meeting.

  • Multiple interpreters per language can join so they can rotate during the meeting.

Slack Integrations for Public and Private Channel

Slack administrators for organizations with the Webex integration will now have the ability to set up a 'Personal Room meetings to be used in Private Channels only '- when that option is selected (by typing the bot command: /webexconfig enable_personal_room_privacy), then the behavior will be as follows:

  • When Slack users in a Private Channel click Start an Instant Meeting, the instant meeting will use their personal room to create the meeting.

  • When Slack user in a Public Channel click Start an Instant Meeting, the instant meeting will schedule a regular Webex Meeting.

End of Service for Mac Productivity Tools

With Microsoft blocking support of injection-based plugins for Mac Outlook beginning in May 2021, the last update of Productivity Tools for Mac will be in 41.5.

Webex Meetings APIs

Additional Meeting RESTful API Options

Webex Meetings now has a boolean that allows developers to specify if they want to exclude the password from the meeting email invitation and another boolean to specify if they want to list the meeting on the public calendar. Also, email reminder support has been added that allows developers to specify the number of minutes before the meeting begins, for sending an email reminder to the host.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android


The latest mobile features aren’t available when the Webex Meetings app is signed into a slow channel site, but they are available if you sign in to a latest channel site.

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Stop Video from Mobile Devices

Similar to desktop, the host can now stop video coming from a participant.

PSTN for Attendees Joining Webex Events (New)

In the Webex Events(New), participants can use PSTN for their audio connection.

  1. As host, you can schedule a meeting that allows PSTN calls.

  2. As participants (both host and attendees), you can use the Call in or Call me options when you join a meeting or switch your connection during a meeting.

Q&A, Chat, and Polling Added to Webcast Mode

In this update, chat, polling, and Q&A will be available for end users during a webcast in all new events. In the mobile app, the chat, polling, and Q&A will be available on a standalone web page.

Recording Tab Show and Hide Behavior to Align with Web App

The mobile app will align with the web page to show or hide the recording tab, based on the user's options. For example, if a user doesn't have cloud recording storage, the recording tab won’t be shown.

Stage View Layouts Support

Mobile participants (both host and attendees) can add a ‘spotlight’ on a specific participant. The user could move a participant’s video to the stage area (by tap or drag and drop). If sharing is on or under the active speaker layout, the drag and drop will use the mid-right area as the stage, and the user sharing, or active speaker will be to the mid-left area.

Shared Components | April 2021 (41.4)

Announcements

The WBS41.4 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Media Enhancements

New AV1 Codec for Content Sharing

We’ve added a new next generation video coding format from the Alliance for Open Media to our Webex Meetings desktop app. This codec is referred to as AV1 and is optimized to provide a great user experience while using less bandwidth than existing codecs.

In this update, we have added support for this codec when sharing has been manually set to Optimize for motion and video. Sharing content with this codec requires a minimum of a Quad-core processor. Receiving content shared with AV1 requires the minimum of a Dual-core processor. In this initial update, all participants in the call must meet the minimum requirements for this codec to be used.

When AV1 is successfully negotiated, all participants will display the AV1 logo for 5 seconds at the beginning of content sharing. The logo will be displayed in the top left corner as shown below.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Ability to Set-Up Default Webex Site for an Organization

Microsoft Teams Administrators can now set up a default Webex site for their entire organization. This means that all Microsoft Teams channels within an organization will use that default Webex site for the integration.

There are three new commands for the Administrator:

  • Site org - allows them to see which Webex site is currently set as default for their organization.

  • Site org [Webex Site URL] - allows them to set a Webex site as default.

  • Site org reset - allows them to remove the default Webex site previously set.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android


The latest mobile features are not available when the Webex Meetings app is signed into a slow channel site, but they are available if you sign in to a latest channel site.

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

SDK Integration for Facebook Portal Using Smart Camera

Attendees on Facebook Portal devices will now take advantage of the Facebook Camera SDK improvements for a better self-video experience. The default camera state will be "Desktop mode," which allows the camera view to be optimized for meeting participation.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

iPhone Breakout Room Host Support

Similar to desktop and Android, iOS users will now be able to host and assign breakout sessions directly from their mobile apps on their iPhone devices.

OS Support for 14.4 and 14.5 iOS

Webex Meetings on mobile now officially supports OS versions iOS 14.4 and 14.5.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Improvements to the Active Speaker View Discoverability

Mobile users will now see a clear icon indicator of how to get to active speaker focused view, for better discoverability.

Customized Layouts Attendee Support

Similar to desktop, mobile attendees can now select a preferred default layout (grid view vs focus or active speaker view) for their own meeting. After selecting it, they will be able to switch between different views again at any point within the meeting.

Shared Components | March 2021 (41.3)

Announcements

The WBS41.3 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Pre-Meeting Lobby for Scheduled Meetings

    Webex scheduled meetings now have a pre-meeting lobby, just like Personal Room meetings. When attendees try to join a meeting, they can wait in a lobby if the meeting has not yet started. Once the host or cohost starts the meeting, they will enter the meeting based on meeting security settings.

    This enhances the join experience for attendees as they do not have to re-try to join a meeting multiple times until it has been started by the host or cohost. They can simply join the meeting and wait in the lobby until the meeting starts.

    While waiting in the lobby, the attendee can notify the host that they’re waiting. Attendees will be removed from the lobby based on the lobby timeout value set by the site administrator.

    Pre-meeting lobby will be supported for attendees joining from the Webex app and video devices. Support for phone-only attendees will be added in the next update.


    This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Pre-Meeting Lobby for Scheduled Meetings

Webex scheduled meetings now have a pre-meeting lobby, just like Personal Room meetings. When attendees try to join a meeting, they can wait in a lobby if the meeting hasn’t yet started. Once the host or cohost starts the meeting, they will enter the meeting based on meeting security settings.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

For more information, see the Highlighted Features for this update.

Administration Experience

Administrator Option to Allow Hosts to Edit Recordings

In 40.8, a security update was made to disable hosts to edit or delete recordings if auto-recording option is enabled in the administrator portal. With this update, the administrator has the option to enable editing privileges for hosts even when automatic recording is enabled.


This feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

A Fresh New Look for the Webex Control Hub Analytics

On February 25th, 2021, the Meetings Analytics tab will be replaced with new redesigned pages to make it more user-friendly. These pages provide faster load times, higher data resolution, and real-time data with a 10-minute lag time. We’re also adding a new participant’s tab to highlight the activities of host and attendees. On top of all that, we’re introducing a new Classic Reports tab in Analytics to support all the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite reports from Site Administration.

New visualizations will be rolled out for Webex Control Hub Analytics by April 2021. This will provide faster load times for Webex Meetings, Messaging, Calling, and Video Mesh analytics pages. Detail tables will be moved under Reports as CSV downloads for Pro Pack customers.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android


The latest mobile features are not available when the Webex Meetings app is signed into a slow channel site, but they are available if you sign in to a latest channel site.

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Q&A Added to Meetings

Similar to Webex Events, mobile hosts and attendees in Webex Meetings will now be able to fully participate in Q&A sessions.

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iOS

Pre-Meeting Lobby in Webex Meetings

Similar to Desktop, mobile users will now be taken to a pre-meeting lobby if the host hasn’t yet joined a scheduled Webex meeting.

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iOS

Active Speaker View Discoverability

Mobile users will now see a clear icon indicator of how to get to active speaker focused view, for better discoverability.

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iOS

Escalate SIP Call to Webex Meetings

Mobile Webex app users will experience an intuitive transition into their Webex meeting on the Webex Meetings mobile app, if the calling user chooses to move their SIP call into a Webex meeting.

Customized Layouts Attendee Support

Similar to Desktop, mobile attendees will now be able to select a preferred default layout (grid view vs focus or active speaker view) for their own meeting. After selecting it, they will be able to switch between different views again at any point within the meeting.

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

iOS 10 OS No Longer Supported

In case you missed the iOS 10 OS will no Longer be Supported announcement that came in the 41.2 update, Webex Meetings will no longer support iOS 10 OS. ​​ OS 10 users will no longer be able to install or update their Webex Meetings app versions. No functionality will be turned off. However, we’ll no longer release patch fixes or updates specific to this OS version.

Profile Picture Support for Control Hub-Managed Sites

iOS users are now able to upload their profile picture directly from their mobile apps when signed in to their Webex Control Hub-managed Webex sites.

Display Only Video Participants in Grid View for iOS

Similar to Desktop, iOS attendees will now have the option to only see participants sending video while in Grid view. Non-video participants will still show up in the participant list.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Problem Reporting Enhancement

Android users will now be able to select a category from a drop-down when reporting a problem from the app, for more efficient processing of their feedback.

Shared Components | February 2021 (41.2)

Announcements

The WBS41.2 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Timezone Information Added to First Time Join Page

First time users joining a Webex Meeting will now see the timezone information when they join their meeting immediately on the page, so that they won't get confused about the meeting join time.

Webex Meeting Registration Summary in Meeting List

Modern View meeting list users will now see a registration summary (number accepted, number rejected), when hovering over their meetings with registration enabled.

Importing CSV Files when Scheduling Breakout Sessions

Modern View users will now be able to import CSV files when pre-assigning their breakout sessions, for easier breakout session scheduling.

Administration Experience

Virtual Camera Support on Mac

Administrators can now allow their users to use virtual cameras (in addition to physical cameras) in the Mac desktop app.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android


The latest mobile features are not available when the Webex Meetings app is signed into a slow channel site, but they are available if you sign in to a latest channel site.

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Improvements to the Remote Control Rotate

For mobile users, rotate and remote control functions have been moved from the application bar to within the shared content screen.

Android

iOS

Blackberry MDM Official Support

Official mobile app (both iOS and Android) support for the Blackberry MDM SDK. To access these capabilities, customers must sign up for our MDM community to direct access to our Webex Meetings app for Blackberry.

Support for Webex Meetings Registration

Mobile invitees will now be able to register for their Meetings sessions directly from their mobile device, instead of having to navigate to a desktop or laptop for that action.

Moderated Mute Mode

Similar to the Webex Meetings desktop app, mobile hosts will now also be able to mute and unmute attendees without prompting those attendees, if the admin has this capability set up and the meeting is scheduled with this capability turned on.

Android

iOS

Webex Meetings for iOS

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Show Video on Video Devices

Show video participants on video devices only, whenever video devices are paired to the meeting from mobile. Currently we duplicate the meeting on both devices, which wastes both the bandwidth and CPU.

iOS 10 OS will no Longer be Supported

Starting with the 41.2 update, Webex Meetings will no longer support iOS 10 OS. ​​No functionality will be turned off. However, we’ll no longer release patch fixes or updates specific to this OS version.

Webex Meetings for Android

See the Cisco Webex Meetings Mobile App Resources for more info on the Webex Meetings mobile app.

MDM Support for Configuring Default Audio Preference

MDM Mobile administrators can now leverage appconfig to set the default audio preference (Use internet for audio or Call Me or Call In) for their mobile MDM managed devices.