See what's new for the slow channel of the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite. Features and announcements are listed in the order of monthly updates.
For more info on the latest releases, see the Latest Releases Overview for Cisco Webex Meetings.
Shared Components from the Latest Updates
For more info on the shared features and changes that the slow channel updates have with the latest updates, see the Webex Meetings Shared Components from the Latest Updates.
For lists of features by release number, see the:
Open and Resolved Bugs
For lists of open and resolved bugs in the slow channel releases, see the Open and Resolved Bugs (WBS39.5.x and Later).
Entry and exit beep changes
All new sites have this feature turned off by default. For existing sites that have entry and exit beep that is turned on, phone users continue to hear the beep, while it is turned off for computer audio users.
This feature is available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it’s available on your site.
New Slow Channel Release Version 42.2.5
We are excited to announce that the new Slow Channel release version 42.2.5 is available for upgrade on your site
Site Administrators can update now to take advantage of the enhancements available in 42.2.5. Instructions on how to update your site using Control Hub or Site Administration is found here.
New skin tones and new reactions
To encourage users to better express themselves non-verbally, we are adding skin tones to reactions. We’re also adding some new reactions to help users express how they are feeling during a meeting or conversation.
Cohosts can manage invitations and registration
Once a Webex meeting or webinar is scheduled by the host, assigned cohosts can now help manage invitations and registration from the meeting information page.
Administrator controls for virtual backgrounds
Administrators can manage images used as virtual backgrounds for their organization.
This feature includes the following administrator capabilities:
Enabling virtual background features at the organization level.
Customizing options for Webex default virtual backgrounds, to use administrator uploaded virtual backgrounds, or allow users to use their own virtual background images.
Allowing guest users to use administrator uploaded images as virtual backgrounds.
Cascading virtual background options to each site in control hub.
Overriding virtual background configuration for each Webex site.
Uploading a maximum of 10 approved images as virtual background images.
Customizable email template and setup reminder
Hosts can customize email templates that are sent to panelists and attendees for a webinar. These include invitation, reminder, thank you, and cancellation emails.
Improved lobby notifications
Hosts or cohosts are able to easily identify a participant joining a meeting as Internal to their organization, External to their organization, or Unverified. Notification of a participant waiting in the lobby is now more prominent and is not hidden in the Participant List.
New virtual backgrounds, both static and animated
Webex is updating its default library of virtual backgrounds. In addition to the most frequently used, we added a few new backgrounds, including two animated ones. Users can still upload their own as desired.
Animated virtual backgrounds are not available when starting or joining a meeting from Webex App.
For more information, see Use virtual backgrounds in Webex Meetings and Webex Webinars.
Webex Embedded apps framework
The Webex Embedded apps framework lets you easily integrate your existing web applications into Webex Meetings and spaces. Webex Embedded apps present a seamless user experience, and, as with Webex itself, can run across multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and any popular web browser. For more information, see
This feature is not available for Webex for Government.
New Slow Channel Release Version 41.10.8
We’re excited to announce that the new Slow Channel release version 41.10.8 is available for upgrade on your site. This updated release includes the new Webex Events (new), Immersive Sharing, Simultaneous Interpretations, and more!
Site Administrators can update now to take advantage of the enhancements available in 41.10.8. Instructions on how to update your site using Control Hub or Site Administration is found here.
There are many more features which become available as part of this Slow Channel release. Check out what was included in the List of Features for Webex Meetings 41.7 to 41.10.
Create a more personal and engaging experience while presenting by immersing your video directly into your shared screen or application. In the Share Content menu, there’s a new option, Show me in front of presentation.
Remove communication barriers for attendees by including simultaneous interpretation. Multiple language channels can be created and when participants join, they can select the appropriate audio channel. When they join, they can hear their selected language.
Video layout enhancements
We've made some additional improvements to the video layouts including the ability to see more videos in the filmstrip, the ability to move a user from the Participant panel to the stage and increasing the number of additional participants that can be added to the stage.
- Webex Events (new)
On December 10, 2021, we're enabling a new Webex Events service with a best-in-class virtual event experience that is video-centric, intelligent, and simple to use. Use Webex Events (new) to engage your audience through powerful, interactive online events and webinars.
Slido integration in Webex Events (new)
Slido is now available for webinar mode in Webex Events (New). Slido is an easy-to-use audience engagement tool. It helps users get the most out of meetings by bridging the gap between speakers and their audiences with enhanced Q&A and polling functionality.
Branding and customization in Webex Events (new)
Hosts can now customize the attendee landing page and registration page for a webinar or webcast by changing the color theme, uploading a logo or background, or updating speaker profiles.
New Slow Channel Release Version 41.6.7
We’re excited to announce that the new Slow Channel release version 41.6.7 is available for upgrade on your site. This updated release includes new video layouts, a new Webex Events service, polling and Q&A with Slido, real-time translation and more!
Site Administrators can update now to take advantage of the enhancements available in 41.6.7. Instructions on how to update your site using Control Hub or Site Administration can be found here.
There are many more features which will become available as part of this Slow Channel release. Check out what was included in the List of Feature for Webex Meetings 41.3 to 41.6.x Updates.
With 41.4, we announced new layout controls and video views.
Zoom In and Zoom Out in Grid View
Need to get a closer look at someone's video? By default, the Webex Meetings desktop app grid view adjusts automatically based on the number of people in the meeting. In this update, we're introducing a new slider, giving you more control of how many videos you want to see at any given time. Zoom in to see videos larger, or zoom out to see more people on screen.
For more information, see Adjust How Many Participants Appear in Grid View in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.
Customize the Stage View
Our new customizable stage allows you to easily control who or what you want in view at any time in Webex Meetings and the “all-new” Webex Events.
When in the Stack or Side-by-side view, you can now easily grab a participant from the filmstrip and move them to the stage. This is a great way to get a closer look at a participant, to place an active speaker right next to the content that's being shared, or to keep users who aren't actively speaking in view (for example, a sign-language interpreter).
Simply drag a video from filmstrip on to the stage with your mouse, or select Move to stage from the more options menu of the user you would like to move.
You can easily add and remove videos from the stage at any time. Up to four videos can be added to the stage, in addition to the shared content or active speaker.
For more information, see Move Participants to the Stage in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.
Simplified Layout Options
As part of this effort, we also simplified the layout options. Grid view is still specific to when no content is being shared. However, the Stage Stack and Side-by-side views are now consistent, whether content is being shared or not.
Focus view is now obsolete, as you can use the slider to zoom all the way into only one active speaker.
Sync my Stage for Everyone
As a host or cohost, once you customize your stage, you can sync your view to become the default stage view for everyone in the meeting.
For more information, see Sync Your Stage with Everyone.
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.
For more information, see Switch Your View in Webex Meetings and Webex Events from a Mobile Device.
With 41.6, we optimized the layout features.
Scale or Hide the Filmstrip in the Stage Views
You can now scale the filmstrip in both the Stacked and Side-by-side views by simply dragging it to make the filmstrip bigger or going the other way to hide the filmstrip by collapsing it completely.
For more information, see Adjust How Many Participants Appear in the Stage Views in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.
Limit Attendees View to Stage only When Syncing
Hosts and cohost will now have a new option when syncing their stage to Lock attendee view on stage only, which hides the filmstrip from their view, so that they can only see what's on stage. This prevents attendees from being able to change to a different view, for use cases where you want complete control over who attendees can and can’t see at any given time.
For more information, see Sync Your Stage with Everyone in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.
Stop Syncing Directly from the Stage
We've added a convenient Stop button to the sync bar when syncing your stage, making it easier to stop syncing instead of having to go back into the layout menu.
See more information about video layouts.
Webex Events (New)
In the 41.4 update, we added an all-new Webex Events service that supports up to 3,000 participants. The classic version of Webex Events remains available on your site.
Webex Events (new) brings you a best-in-class virtual event experience that is video-centric, intelligent, and simple to use. Hosts choose between two modes in the new scheduler - webinar mode for an interactive and highly engaging experience, and webcast mode for events with limited attendee interactions. In both modes:
Presenters can share content optimized for motion and video with computer audio.
All attendees can view the panelists’ video and shared content.
Cohosts can be assigned at the time of scheduling, or during an event, to help manage attendees in an event.
Hosts can set a stage view for all attendees.
With 41.6, we announced that high capacity events are now available. You can purchase an event license so that you can host events with 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, and 100,000. The new event offer enables users to host webinars up to 10,000 attendees and webcasts up to 100,000 attendees, based on capacity purchased.
Webcasts aren’t available for Webex for Government.
See Webex Events (New) for more information.
Integration of Slido Polling and Q&A Features in Webex Meetings
With 41.6, Webex integrated Slido into its new AppHub for users to access the great polling and Q&A features, including word clouds, quizzes, and ratings. Users can also respond to Slido polls and Q&A within the Webex Meetings mobile app.
Customize Registration Rules in a Meeting or a Webex Event (New)
With 41.6, the host can now customize the auto-approval rules when attendees register for a meeting or a Webex Event (new) for both webinar and webcast modes.
When a meeting or an event requires registration, a list of auto-approve or auto-reject rules can be created and applied to any new registrants who meet these criteria.
The rules won’t be retroactively applied to existing registrants.
For example, the host can,
Auto approve all registrants from a specific company email domain.
Auto reject all registrants from one or more specific email domain(s).
Auto accept VIP registrants who match specific email addresses and manually approve the rest of the registrants.
See more information about setting automatic approval rules.
In 41.5, announced real-time translation so you can create an inclusive and engaging meeting experience. Webex provides real-time translation of your meetings from English to 100+ languages, including Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, and Japanese. After the host turns on Webex Assistant, the Closed Captions dialog box can be translated from English to the selected language. Each attendee can select any language. In one meeting, the maximum number of unique languages that can be used concurrently is 5. The Captions & Highlights panel, as well as any post-meeting transcriptions and highlights, will be shown in English (no translation).
Real-time translation is a paid add-on.
See more information about real-time translation.
Q&A Added to Webex Meetings
With 41.3, as part of our continued effort to bring training features into meetings as standard functionality, Q&A is now supported in Webex Meetings on desktop and mobile apps. Meeting participants can type their questions into the Q&A panel, which can be answered by the host or cohosts.
See more information about Q&A.