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).
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.
New Slow Channel Release Version 41.2.7
We are excited to announce that the new Slow Channel release version 41.2.7 is available for upgrade on your site. This updated release includes animated in meeting reactions with gesture controls, breakout session enhancements and more!
Site Administrators can update now to take advantage of the enhancements available in 41.2.7. Instructions on how to update your site via 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 40.11 to 41.2 Updates.
Animated in-meeting reactions with Gesture Control
In 40.11, we introduced in-meeting reactions, a great way for Meeting participants to interact and express themselves non-verbally. You can now express yourself non-verbally through in-meeting reactions. This is a great way to engage in a meeting without having to come off of mute.
All participants in the meeting, the host, presenter, cohost and attendees, can see how the audience is reacting in real-time.
In 40.11, we've made sending reactions even more natural by introducing gesture controls in the desktop app. Simply motion to your camera, and your hand gesture will automatically be recognized, and the reaction will be sent! This includes:
Giving a thumbs up
Giving a thumbs down
Applauding with your hands
You can even use gesture controls to raise your hand in the meeting.
Moving Raise Hand into Reactions Interface
Mobile users will now see their raise hand function moved from their participant list to the top of their overflow menu, for easier access and discoverability. In addition, the raise hand status will also be displayed in the self-video windows of video participants.
For more information, see Use Reactions in Webex Meetings
Raise Hand Improvements
Hosts Can Raise Hand
As host, I can now raise my hand in a meeting, aligning to the experience when joining from a device.
For more information, see Raise Your Hand in a Meeting.
Raise Hand Support on Video Systems
Users on video systems will now be able to raise and lower their hand in a meeting. This is especially important when the host has muted everyone and is allowing participants to unmute themselves. If a user has a comment to make, they can raise their hand to get the attention of the host.
On cloud-registered Webex room systems, the user can use the meeting control on the touch device or the screen to raise and lower hand.
On SIP video systems, DTMF-*3 is used as a toggle. Send *3 once to raise a hand and another time to lower hand.
As a host, users on video systems can also be notified when someone has raised their hand.
And finally, as a host, users on video systems can lower all hands. On cloud-registered Webex room systems, they can do that using native meeting controls. On SIP video systems, they can lower hands using DTMF-#3.
For more information, see Raise a Hand Using DTMF Commands in Cisco Webex Meetings and Events.
Host or Cohost Can Lower a Participant's Hand
As a meeting host or cohost, you can now lower the hand of a participant who has raised their hand. Simply hover over their raised hand in the Participants panel and click "Lower hand."
For more information, see View Participants with Their Hands Raised in Cisco Webex Meetings
Improved Layout Control
Following suit with the control bar, we've optimized the layout controls to a single button, labeled Layout. We've also added the option to Hide non-video participants to this menu for easy access.
We've updated the names of the views to be more consistent with the device experience:
Active speaker and thumbnail video view is now called, Stage view
Active speaker video view is now called, Focus view
Video strip view is now called, Stack view
Floating panel view is now called, Fullscreen view
For more information, see Choose the Default Screen Layout for Recordings in Webex Meetings and Events a.
Hide Names in Videos
Name labels in the video windows will now auto-hide after a few seconds for anyone who isn't actively speaking and reappears when moving the mouse. You also have the option to hide all the name labels in the video windows (including active speaker) manually, by going to the View menu or Layout button and selecting Hide names in videos.
For more information, see Hide or Show Non-Video Participants During a Webex Meeting or Event.
Layout Options to Include Grid View in Third Party Streaming
In the 40.12 update, the host has the options to select which layouts the audiences will see from a third party live streaming platform. The streaming layout can be set prior to the live streaming starts, and it can be modified during the live streaming.
When the meeting has shared content, the host can choose from thumbnail view, active speaker view or content-only view.
When the meeting has no shared content, the host can choose from active speaker and thumbnail view, grid view, or active speaker view.
For more information, see Select the Screen Layout for Recordings in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.
Keyboard Shortcut Management (Windows)
You can now access and manage the keyboard shortcuts directly from the desktop app meeting window, by going to the help menu.
Here, you can manage the Global Shortcut setting to determine if you would like to be able to use the shortcut even when the Meetings app isn’t in focus.
You also have the option to customize the shortcut and redefine it to the key combination of your choosing.
These settings are particularly useful if you find the keyboard shortcuts conflicting with other applications, for example.
For more information, see Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events Accessibility Features.
Breakout Session Enhancements
High Frame Rate Content Sharing in Breakout Sessions
You now have the options to Optimize for motion and video and Share computer audio in Webex Meetings breakout sessions. This makes it easy to share the video or animation while in a breakout session.
For more information on sharing video in Meetings, see Share Content in Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events.
High Frame Rate Content Sharing Breakout Sessions for Android Devices
Android users can now share high quality video and audio streams while in a Webex Meeting breakout session, similar to when they're in the main session.
Breakout Session Improvements
Mobile Android and iPhone hosts can now start and assign breakout sessions directly from their Webex Meetings mobile apps, similar to iPads and the desktop app.
Pre-Assign Breakout Sessions
Modern View users can now set up meeting breakout sessions and pre-assign invitees to specific sessions while scheduling their meetings.
The administrator can go to Default Scheduler Options to set the default breakout session status for a scheduler template. The host can change the option from the Meeting template.
For more information, see Pre-Assign Participants to Breakout Sessions.
Meetings Breakout Session Pre-Assignment Support (Mobile)
Mobile support for editing and re-using a scheduled pre-assignment within the meeting.
iPad host and cohosts can now leverage pre-assignment breakout sessions that were created by the scheduler while in the meeting.
iPad host and cohost can recreate and edit their breakout sessions based off this pre-assignment. They can optionally also reset to the default after use.
If the Breakout Session is started, pre-assigned invitees will join the Breakout Session automatically after they join the meeting. (includes reconnected and rejoin cases).
Let Anyone Join this Breakout Session- When creating or managing breakout sessions, you now have the ability to let anyone join this breakout session, even if they aren't assigned to this breakout (or are assigned to a different breakout).
In the Breakout session assignment window, you can select which breakout you would like anyone to be able to join by clicking on the icon, or alternatively for all sessions in the "more" menu.
Moderated Unmute Mode
Moderated unmute mode can be enabled for meeting cases where hosts and cohost can directly unmute participants. (As opposed to the standard privacy mode, where a participant will receive a request to unmute from the host or cohost.) This is particularly useful for cases like the classroom, where students may be too young to read the prompts, and the teacher needs more direct control over the students' unmute.
Administrators can enable moderated unmute mode on their site, giving hosts access to this option in the meeting scheduler and personal room preferences. Meeting participants will see a clear indicator in the meeting window for meetings in Moderated unmute mode.
For more information on the Moderated unmute mode, see
Automatic Notification When Talking on Mute
Webex Meetings and Webex Events will now let you know if you're trying to speak while on mute. If you are using Call using computer and start to talk while your microphone is muted, Webex will automatically show you a notification so that you can unmute yourself to speak.
For more information, see Mute or Unmute in Webex Meetings Suite.
For more info on the latest releases, see What's New for the Latest Channel of Webex Meetings.
New Slow Channel Release Version 40.10.10
The new Slow Channel release version 40.10.10 has a long list of innovative features, but most importantly, this release includes a new, simple and yet powerful user experience making Webex Meetings more intuitive and easier to use. Another big enhancement in this release are training features, like virtual breakout sessions, the cohost role, and additional mute controls.
To learn how to upgrade to this new Slow Channel release, read more about the Webex Software Channels here.
New intuitive and simple user interface:
Enhanced Preview Window – Easily adjust audio and video settings in your new, larger preview window by using contextual menu options that are now above the Join Meeting button.
New In-Meeting Controls – New way to access meeting controls by making them always available at the bottom of your screen where they won't cover video or shared content.
Essential meeting controls remain in the center for easy access, while panel controls - Participants and Chat - are moved to the right, where the panels open when selected.
The buttons are more intuitive, with universally recognizable icons and text labels with shortcut menus so users can easily change in-meeting settings without skipping a beat.
Hide the Control Bar - When not in presenter mode, you can now hide the bottom control bar by mousing over the control bar to reveal the "Hide control bar" button, or by going to the View menu. You can also use CTRL+SHIFT+Q to hide or show the controls.
Themes – You can choose whether you want to view the meeting window in the standard Light Theme or the brand new Dark Theme, available from the View menu. Reduce eye strain by choosing a theme that works best with your lighting conditions.
Video Layout Enhancements for the Desktop App - We've made some exciting improvements to the video layout when joining meetings and events. Things to know about this more interactive and intuitive experience:
In Meetings, Grid view is now the default when no content is being shared. This provides a more collaborative feeling.
Events will continue to default to the Active Speaker and Thumbnail view.
Admins can now set the default video views (when no content is being shared) for meeting and events on their site.
Users can still change the view to Active Speaker video view or Active Speaker and Thumbnail video view from the controls in the upper right area.
Users will see that their self-view is now shown as part of the other participant videos for a more natural experience. If you prefer to float your self-view instead, simply click "Show my self-view in a floating window."
Users may hide non-video participants to focus specifically on those people who have video turned on.
Grid view is still limited to showing a maximum of 6 video system video streams simultaneously at any given time.
Training Features Coming to Meetings
Video Breakout Sessions - With brand new video breakout sessions, you'll be able to enhance virtual training for your organization or classroom or make collaborating in small groups easier. As a host, you'll be able to create multiple breakout sessions and automatically or manually assign attendees.
Cohost - Webex is also introducing cohosts to help manage meetings and breakout sessions. Cohosts can mute attendees, invite and remind participants, manage the meeting lobby, and more.
Enhanced Mute Controls and Audio Privacy
Easy to find Mute All and Unmute All Button - The Mute all and Unmute all buttons are easier to find, right at the bottom of the Participants panel.
Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves - In meetings, by default, when you mute another participant directly through Mute all or Mute on Entry, those participants can manually unmute themselves. While this is great for smaller, more conversational meetings, larger meetings and classrooms may require more moderation for when attendees are allowed to unmute.
In this update, hosts, and cohosts can now choose whether or not participants are allowed to unmute themselves. When this setting is unchecked, participants’ Unmute buttons will be disabled.
Mute All with Mute on Entry - When you click Mute all, it will also turn on Mute on Entry by default, to make sure that anyone joining the meeting late will also be muted from that point forward. Similarly, when you click Unmute all, it will automatically turn off Mute on Entry. This makes for a much more intuitive experience when managing mute in your meetings. You can still choose to turn on or off Mute on Entry independently.
Unmute and Audio Privacy - Now, when a host or cohost unmutes a participant, that participant will be given a prompt to unmute, instead of being unmuted directly. This helps to prevent meeting distractions or catching others by surprise if they weren't expecting to be unmuted.
Remove Background Noise
Continue collaborating without noisy background disruptions. When the Remove background noise setting is turned on, your desktop app will remove your barking dog or home improvement project noise, while enhancing your voice.
There are many more features which will become available as part of this Slow Channel release. Refer to the “What’s new in the Webex Meetings”, What's New for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.
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 more info on the latest releases, see What's New for the Latest Channel of Webex Meetings.