Chat and Presence
Chat Alert Sound Menu—You can now configure a default sound for chat alerts with the ChatAlert parameter. Users can change the default alert sound to a preconfigured sound or add their own sound file. Instructions about how to add new sound files are in the Cisco Jabber for Windows 11.5 User Guide.
Broadcast Messages with Rich Text and Emoticons—Allows users to send a single IM to multiple contacts. Users can select multiple contacts or a group of contacts from their contact list and send a broadcast message to all of them at once. Recipients receive broadcast IMs in the same way as normal 1:1 chats. In cloud and hybrid deployments, offline contacts do not receive broadcast IMs. No configuration is required to enable this feature.
- Multiple Device Messaging (Cloud)—Users who are signed into multiple devices can now see all sent and received IMs on each device regardless of which device is active. Notifications are synchronized; if an IM is read on one device, it shows as read on other signed-in devices. This feature is enabled by default, but can be disabled with the Disable_MultiDevice_Message parameter. The following limitations apply:
Clients must be signed-in. Signed-out clients do not display sent or received IMs or notifications.
File transfer between multiple devices is not supported—Files are available only on the active devices that sent or received the file.
Group chat is not supported.
Multiple device messaging cannot be enabled if AES encryption is required.
Applies to cloud deployments only.
Mentions in Chat Window Tray—If mentions are enabled, users can use the new Mention button in the chat window tray to mention users in chat rooms. It works the same way as typing an @ symbol in the text box. For more information about how to enable mentions, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Remember Open Conversations on Sign In—Each time users sign into the client, the person-to-person conversations (maximum 30 conversations) that were open when they signed out are restored. The default behaviour is to not reopen the conversations. Configure this feature with the RestoreChatOnLogin parameter. For more information about this parameter, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Chat with Federated Contact from Search Results—Users can now chat with and call federated contacts without having to first add them as contacts. After chatting with or calling the federated contact, the contact is added to the Contacts and Recents search list. No configuration is required to enable this feature.
Choose Destination Folder for Chats and File Transfers—Users can now specify their own folder destination for saved chats and file transfers. You can disable this feature with the AllowUserSelectChatsFileDirectory parameter. For more information about this parameter, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Jabber to Jabber Calling—Provides basic voice and video calling between Cisco Jabber clients without Cisco Unified Communications Manager registration. Jabber to Jabber calling is supported only for users who authenticate to the Cisco WebEx Messenger service. For more information about this feature, see the document Features and Options for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Jabber Calling Bandwidth Usage Limit Control via Cisco WebEx Messenger Administration Tool—In Cisco WebEx Messenger Administration Tool, include the J2JMaxBandwidthKbps parameter to configure the maximum bandwidth (in kilobits per second) to be used for Jabber to Jabber calls. For more information, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Desk Phone Video Extended to Windows 10—Desk phone video is now supported on Microsoft Windows 10.
Browser Click to Call: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox—Users can now start a call directly from a browser by highlighting a phone number and selecting to call the number or call with edit. This feature is enabled by default. For more information, see the document Features and Options for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Contact Card on Hover Split Button—Contact cards are displayed when users hover over a contact's name in the Contacts list. If a contact has more than one phone number, a split call button is now shown on the contact card.
Contact Card on Search—Contact cards can now be displayed when users hover over contact names in a search result. This behavior is configured with the existing ContactCardonHover parameter. For more information, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Contact Search on IBM Notes—Users can now search for and add local IBM Notes contacts to their contact lists. Configure this feature with the new EnableLotusNotesContactResolution parameter. The default value for this parameter is false, meaning that users cannot search for or add local IBM Notes contacts. For more information about the EnableLotusNotesContactResolution parameter, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
The following accessibility improvements have been made:
Improvements in the keyboard navigation of contact lists and the Location label and icon.
The system notification sound is played when a system message appears in a conversation.
Previously, when a contact goes offline, the contact's name appears in grayscale. Now, the contact's name does not change color.
The default Windows notification sound is played when a contact search returns a result. Use the JawsSounds parameter to configure this behavior. For more information, see the Parameters Reference Guide for Cisco Jabber 11.5.
Problem Reporting Visual and User Experience Improvements—Reporting problems through the Help menu has been simplified.
Jabber Configuration XML File in Cisco WebEx Messenger Administration Tool—In the Cisco WebEx Messenger Administration tool you can import a jabber-config.xml file. You can apply separate configuration files for groups in the Cisco WebEx Messenger Administration Tool. The client downloads this file when it successfully connects to Cisco WebEx Messenger and the client applies these configurations.The client uses the following order for configuration settings:
This feature applies to cloud deployments only.
- Sign Out on Activity Timer—Allows you to automatically sign users out of the client after a specified amount of time of inactivity. This feature is configured using the ForceLogoutTimerDesktop parameter. If the parameter is not set, the client does not automatically sign out. Inactivity includes:
Security and Certificate Enhancements— If required, you can add your own customer signature to the Jabber Installer or Cisco Dynamic Libraries by using the signing tools from the operating system for your client. If you change the Cisco Jabber installer, you must re-sign the Cisco Jabber installer using the signing tools from the operating system for your client.
XMPP Security—Support for the "Plain Authentication" mechanism for the XMPP link with Cisco Unified Communications Manager has been removed. This enforces the use of STARTTLS and eliminates a possible Man-in-the-Middle attack vulnerability.
Microsoft Office 2016 Support—Cisco Jabber for Windows now supports Microsoft Office 2016 Desktop OS Version, 32 and 64 bit.
DPI Awareness—To ensure a higher quality user experience, DPI awareness is enabled by default. For older operating systems (Windows 8.0 and earlier), you can disable DPI awareness in the bootstrap file with the ENABLE_DPI_AWARE installation parameter. For more information, see the Deployment Guides for 11.5.
Support Wildcard in Proxy Bypass—Wildcards are now supported in the procedure to configure proxy settings. For more information, see the Deployment Guides.
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