If you subscribe to Webex from your Service Provider, Webex Events (new and classic) is not available. All of the other Webex Meetings features listed here are supported unless otherwise stated.

For more information on the current slow channel releases, see the What's New for the Slow Channel of Cisco Webex Meetings.

See the Feature Summary for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite (WBS41) for a list of new features by the update number.

See the Open and Resolved Bugs for the Latest Webex Meetings Releases for a list of the open and resolved bugs in the latest releases.

Available in October 2021 (41.10.2)

Administrator Controls for Video Device Layouts

Users joining your meetings on video devices can now enjoy the default video layout you've set in your meetings configuration. Earlier this layout choice was used by the Webex Meetings desktop app.

In this update, video devices that are connected on-premises will start observing the layout choice that you configure.


Support for cloud connected devices will come in a later update.

Users can continue to change their layouts in the meeting using the layout controls provided on the video devices.


The two screen layout options are temporarily unavailable in the 41.9.5 update and will be available in a future update.

Until that time, Prominent layout continues to be the default and only option available on their devices.

October 2021 (41.10)

Announcements

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

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Simultaneous Interpretation

    Hosts invite interpreters and assign them to the appropriate language channel as needed. Hosts can create audio channels at the beginning of the meeting.

    Multiple language channels can be created and when participants join, they can select the appropriate audio channel. As soon as they join, they can hear their selected language.

    This solution supports meetings and large events (webinars), multiple interpreters per channel, relay interpretation, and bi-directional interpretation.


    The Manage interpreters feature is currently unavailable and will come in a later update.

    Simultaneous Interpretation is available in Webex Meeting desktop app, Webex Events (new), Web app, and Mobile.

    iOS

    Android


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

  • 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.

  • Webcast Attendee View Customization

    The Webex event host can customize the look and feel of the attendee view in a webcast. They can also customize the logo, theme, and color of accent view.

  • Accessibility Settings: Manage Screen Reader Notifications and Chat Font Size

    In this update, we've added a new item under the Help > Accessibility Settings Here, a user can:

    • Manage their screen reader notifications announcements—For users who use assistive screen reader applications (like JAWS and VoiceOver), it may become overwhelming if the screen reader is announcing every single notification in a meeting. For example, if people are constantly coming in and out of the meeting, this may distract from being able to hear the conversation in the meeting. Now, users can manage which notifications they would like their screenreader to announce.

    • Adjust the font size in the Chat panel—You can now increase the size of the font in the Chat panel, directly from the meeting. Particularly useful if you don’t want to adjust your font or display settings at the system level.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Stream Your Webex Meetings or Events to Vbrick Available for Webex for Government


This feature is available in the 41.10 update, but was added after the initial October 2021 (41.10) features were communicated.

As a host, you can stream your Webex meetings or events to Vbrick Rev. This allows you to connect with your audiences by easily sharing your video and content with Webex controls.

For more information, see Stream Your Cisco Webex Meetings or Events to Vbrick.

In-Meeting Experience

Simultaneous Interpretation

Hosts invite interpreters and assign them to the appropriate language channel as needed. Hosts can create audio channels at the beginning of the meeting.

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

Layout Menu: Optimized Look and Feel

We've optimized the look and feel of the Layout menu, making it easy to find the settings you're looking for.

Display Attendees' Names for Reactions

The host can specify whether attendees' names are shown in reactions displayed in Webex Events (new) and Webex Meetings.

Webcast Attendee View Customization

The Webex event host can customize the look and feel of the attendee view in a webcast. They can also customize the logo, theme, and color of accent view.

Support for New Languages

In this update, we’re introducing support for four additional languages in Webex Meetings, Webex Events (new), Web app, Mobile app, and Audio Experience: Norwegian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian. All audio prompts selections are played in the selected language to the audio users.

Accessibility Settings: Manage Screen Reader Notifications and Chat Font Size

In this update, we've added a new item under the Help > Accessibility Settings.

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

Unified Meeting Preferences

We've made it easier to keep your meeting settings organized by unifying them into a single Preferences interface. This also aligns with the preferences you can find outside of the meeting in the Webex app.

There's no change to the settings themselves (same capabilities you know and love), however, starting in this update, you’ll notice accessing any of the following will now open the unified dialog:

  • Audio Options

  • Video Options

  • “Notification” Preferences

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Accessibility Settings

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.

Attendance and Registration Reports

As a host you have access to meetings and events attendance and registration reports in one place to better understand a meeting or event’s turnout. In the Registration report view, you can look up someone’s registration. You can choose to view individual registration by clicking on the registrant’s name and export reports to a CSV formatted file that is available for both reports.

Media Enhancements

Edge Callback GDM


This feature is available in the 41.10 update, but was added after the initial October 2021 (41.10) features were communicated.

In the continuous effort of improving our customers' meeting experience, we’ve enabled a new Edge Audio feature Callback GDM (Global Distributed Media) for all Webex Edge Audio customers. Your branch offices across the globe will now receive Edge callback from your closest Cisco Data Center, and we’ll carry your cross continent on-net traffic through Cisco Network Backbone instead of the Internet—thus improving voice quality and stability.

For example, you have a Webex site in the United States that has a branch office in Japan. Earlier users from the Japan office would receive an Edge callback from the United States Data Center through the Internet. When the Japanese user speaks, their audio is transferred to United States for audio mixing, and again through the Internet. Once this feature is enabled, the user receives the Edge callback from our Asia-Pacific Data Center - which is much closer. Moreover, their audio pockets will only need to reach Cisco Asia-Pacific Data Center through Internet, and then the majority of cross continent distance between Asia-Pacific Data Center and United States Data Center is be covered through Cisco’s Network Backbone.

Device Enhancements

Webex Devices in Breakout Sessions

In the 41.9 update, we announced limited availability, now in 41.10 Breakout session support for Webex Devices is generally available to all customers.

Hosts can move devices to a breakout session to have a more inclusive experience with other users. Users on devices will see appropriate prompts as they get assigned and moved to breakout sessions.

Requirements

Webex Devices with Room OS 10 software.

Known Limitations:

  1. Support for breakout sessions is only available on Webex Cloud Connected Devices and Webex Edge Devices configured for Webex Optimized Join mode.

  2. Older devices such as DX, SX, and MX series can't be moved into a breakout session and stays in the main session.

  3. Pre-assignment of video devices to breakout sessions isn't available in this update. Users on devices have to be manually assigned to their intended breakout sessions.

  4. Users on devices won’t be able to choose the breakout session they want to join, when sessions are setup to let participants choose any session.

  5. When a user on a Meetings app is in a breakout session and they try to pair with a device that is already in a breakout session, they will be greeted with a device busy message.

  6. Users on a device aren't able to ask for help when in a breakout session.

  7. Broadcast messages sent by the host aren't visible on devices.

SIP User to see a Warning Message If they Screen Share in a Restricted Meeting


This feature is available in the 41.10 update, but was added after the initial October 2021 (41.10) features were communicated.

If the host has restricted sharing in a meeting, SIP users will see a message explaining why their sharing attempt failed.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

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

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.

End of life announcement for Join by Meeting Number using Prefix and Suffix


This feature is available in the 41.10 update, but was added after the initial October 2021 (41.10) features were communicated.

Users will no longer be able to dial into meetings by using Prefix and suffix after October 11, 2021, it will be removed from Meeting settings in Control Hub.

This feature was more widely used by customers joining meetings on devices. As there is an existing method to join meetings via the One Button to Push (OBTP), join by meeting number using Prefix and Suffix is no longer required.

Webex Meetings APIs

Webex Meetings API support for Webex Events (New)

Developers can now schedule events using the meetings API. The API supports standard CRUD operations in line with the current meetings API video devices. We'll be releasing more API features to support Webex Events (new), so stay tuned to learn more in the coming months.


This feature isn’t supported for Webex for Government.

September 2021 (41.9.1)

New Speech Enhancement Modes

You can filter out background voices and noises that would normally be picked up by your mic from your voice to create a better and more engaging experience during your meetings and events.

September 2021 (41.9)

Announcements

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

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Immersive Sharing

    Desktop

    Create a more personal and engaging experience as you present by immersing your video directly into you shared screen or application. In the Share Content menu, there’s a new option: Show me in front of presentation. Select the check box and your video is embedded into what you’re sharing.

    By default, your video is shown in the lower right, but you have full control to resize and position your video anywhere you want during your presentation.


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

    Mobile

    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.

  • Slido Integration in Webinar Webex Events (New)

    Desktop

    In this update, Slido is now available in Webex Events (new) and supports 5k and below. Slido is only available in the webinar mode and not for webcast.


    This feature isn’t available for Webex for Government.


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

    Mobile

    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.

  • 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.

Webex Events (New)

Slido Integration in Webinar for Webex Events (New)

In this update, Slido is now available in Webex Events (new) and supports 5k and below. Slido is only available in the webinar mode and not for webcast.


This feature isn’t available for Webex for Government.


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

Updated Layout for Webex Events (New)

In this update, we’ve refined the layout of the meeting information for upcoming events.

Participant Management Enhancements in Webex Events (New)

Participant management enhancements will now allow hosts to manage attendees' privileges as well as allow attendee to chat with Special Panelist and everyone.

Add Webex Events to Microsoft 365 and Google Calendar

The host and invitees can now download the ics information of the event from the events detail window. The invitees can also add the event to their Google Calendar and Microsoft 365 Calendar from the invitation emails.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Support for MacOS 12 Monterey (Beta Version)

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

In-Meeting Experience

Immersive Sharing

Create a more personal and engaging experience as you present by immersing your video directly into you shared screen or application. In the Share Content menu, there's a new option: Show me in front of shared content. Select the check box and your video is embedded into what you’re sharing.


This feature is 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.

Improved Leave Flow to Prevent Cohosts from Ending the Meeting Accidentally

We've improved the flow when cohosts leave a meeting to reduce instances of them ending the meeting by mistake. Now, if a cohost chooses End meeting for all from the leave menu when a host is still actively in the meeting, they will be given a prompt warning them that the host is still in the meeting, asking them to confirm if they really want to end the meeting for everyone, or cancel and leave the meeting instead. This secondary confirmation dialog is supported for Webex Meetings, Webex Events (new and classic).

Additional Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

We've added some additional keyboard shortcuts on Windows to be consistent with the shortcuts available on Mac. Additionally, the keyboard shortcuts are also workable in the preview window including Mute, turn on, and turn off video.

  • Ctrl + Shift + E—Expel attendee

  • Ctrl + 0—Fit shared content to viewer

  • Ctrl + N—Lock or unlock the meeting

  • Ctrl + Shift + Y—Sync the display of a page, slide, or whiteboard so everyone sees the same view

  • Ctrl + Shift + F—Set the whiteboard font size

  • Ctrl + T—Show or hide the thumbnail sidebar

  • Ctrl + Shift + I—Show or hide the names in video

  • Ctrl + B—Share a web browser

  • Ctrl + Shift + N—Add a whiteboard page

  • Ctrl + Shift + O—Clear my pointer

  • Ctrl +Shift + Del—Clear all pointers

  • Ctrl + Del—Clear all annotations on the whiteboard

  • Ctrl +N—Lock or unlock the meeting (should change to Ctrl+ R - Lock or unlock the meeting)

Tooltips Now Include Keyboard Shortcuts

The tooltips you see when you hover over actions include the keyboard shortcut, if applicable. This improves discoverability and makes finding shortcuts more intuitive.

Use the Tab Key to Navigate Anywhere in the Meeting Window (Mac)

Like in Windows, you can now use the standard Tab or Shift+Tab to navigate through the entire meeting window, including any open panels on Mac.

You can still use F6 as a quick shortcut to switch between the panels area and the main window. CTRL+Tab can still be used as a quick shortcut to move between multiple panels that you have open.

Raise Hand in Breakout Sessions

You can now raise and lower your hand in a breakout session, just like in the main session. Similarly, hosts and cohosts in the breakout session can lower other participants' hands.

Media Enhancements

Video Mesh Private Meetings


This feature is available in the 41.9 update, but was added after the initial September 2021 (41.9) features were communicated.

The Private Meeting feature enhances the security of your meeting by terminating the media on your premises. When you schedule a private meeting, the media always terminates on the Video Mesh nodes inside your corporate network with no cloud cascade. Unlike normal meetings, if the local nodes are full, the media does not cascade to the Webex cloud.

All participants in a private meeting must belong to your organization. They can join using the Webex App or an authenticated video system. Participants with VPN or MRA access to your network can join a private meeting. But nobody can join a private meeting from outside your network.

See the Private Meetings section in the deployment guide and the Schedule a Webex Private Meeting article. For more information, see Cisco Webex Video Mesh Release Notes

Video Mesh GDM

Video Mesh uses the globally distributed media (GDM) capabilities of Webex to achieve better media routing. To achieve optimal connectivity, Webex selects the nearest cloud media node to your enterprise when performing Video Mesh cascades to Webex. Traffic then passes through the Webex backbone to interact with the Webex microservices for the meeting. This routing minimizes latency and keeps most of the traffic on the Webex backbone and off the internet.

For more information, see the Prepare Your Environment section in the deployment guide.

Device Enhancements

Webex Devices in Breakout Sessions

We’re announcing Limited Availability of breakout session support for Webex Devices. Hosts can now move devices to a breakout session to have a more inclusive experience with other users. Users on devices will see appropriate prompts as they get assigned and moved to breakout sessions.

Limited Availability:

This feature is ready for trials through the Webex Beta program and available to all users on our Limited Availability cluster.

Known Limitations:

  1. Support for breakout sessions is only available on Webex Cloud Connected Devices and Webex Edge Devices configured for Webex Optimized Join mode.

  2. Pre-assignment to breakout sessions for personal mode devices isn’t supported and will be available in a future update.


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

Administrator Controls for Video Device Layouts BETA


This feature is available in BETA in the 41.9 update, but was added after the initial September 2021 (41.9) features were communicated.

When joining meetings on your video devices you will now enjoy the default video layout you set in your meetings configuration.

Prior to this update, the layout choice was only available to Webex Meetings app. With this update, video devices that are connected on-premiss will start observing the layout choice that you configure.


Support for cloud connected devices will come in a later update.

Users can continue to change their layouts in the meeting using the layout controls provided on the video devices.

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.

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

Support for Slido

iOS and Android apps now support Slido.

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

Immersive Sharing as an Attendee

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

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

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.

Administration Experience

Collaboration Restrictions for Company Users Joining External Meetings

Site administrators, you can now restrict your company users to use certain in-meeting features, that go against your company policies when joining meetings outside of your organization. These features are made read only or blocked for your users:

  • File transfer

  • Screen share

  • Annotation

  • Chat

  • Q&A and Polling

  • You can add your own approved site list to exclude these restrictions. We’ve provided you with a simple toggle in Control Hub to control these features for all users in your organization.


    This setting is only applicable to users using your company's claimed domain email address to join meetings.

    Along with this functionality, site administrators can also control in-meeting experience for any user (including guests) who are using your company laptop (Windows and Mac) and mobile device (iOS and Android) to join external Webex meetings.

    As a site administrator, you can configure your laptops and mobile devices using registry keys in a way that restricts any user joining meetings using this laptop to adhere to the collaboration restrictions. Simply use registry keys to mass configure and manage your company laptops and mobile devices and use your company's Org ID as a token in the registry key. There’s appropriate indication in the meetings to let users know that they are restrictions to use certain features due to their company enforced policy restrictions.

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.

August 2021 (41.8)

Announcements

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

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Build your Own Brand and Customization in Webex Events (New)

    As a host, you have the option of branding and customizing the attendee Welcome page and Registration page in Webex Events (new).

    For a webinar or webcast, as a host you can customize the attendee landing page and registration page. You can customize the color theme, upload a logo, background, or update the speakers profile with the branding tool.

    This tool lets you immediately preview the result on a desktop as on a mobile.


    Branding is available for webinars that require registration.

  • Increased Number of Videos that can be Moved to Stage

    You can now move up to eight additional videos onto the stage (where previous, limit was four). This gives you the ability to keep even more people front and center in your view.

    Known Limitations:

    • Web app: Limited to six simultaneous video streams at a time, which means if eight people are on stage, two of them display the profile picture.

    • VDI app: Can show up to eight videos (plus the active speaker) on stage, however the filmstrip is limited to two videos.

  • Pop-Out Panels Directly from the Meeting Window

    We've made managing panels in the meeting experience even easier! You can now pop out any of the panels directly from the meeting window, without having to go into full-screen view. This makes it easy to float multiple panels, scale them for a closer look, or even move them to another monitor.

    Simply click on the pop-out icon to float the panel in its own window. Once floating, you can pop panel back into the meeting window at any time, and it snaps right back into place. If you close the panel floating panel, you're able to reopen it from the meeting window. You can even use the panel buttons in the meeting window to close any floating panels.

  • Collaboration Restrictions for Company Users Joining External Meetings


    It was initially communicated that this feature would be available with the 41.8 update. However, this feature will be available in 41.9.

    Site administrators, you can now restrict your company users to use certain in-meeting features, that go against your company policies when joining meetings outside of your organization. These features are made read only or blocked for your users: File transfer, Screen share, Annotation, Chat, and Q&A and Polling. You can add your own approved site list to exclude these restrictions. We’ve provided you with a simple toggle in Control Hub to control these features for all users in your organization. This setting is only applicable to users using your company's claimed domain email address to join meetings. Along with this functionality, site administrators can also control in-meeting experience for any user (including guests) who are using your company laptop (Windows and Mac) and mobile device (iOS and Android) to join external Webex meetings. As a site administrator, you can configure your laptops and mobile devices using registry keys in a way that restricts any user joining meetings using this laptop to adhere to the collaboration restrictions. Simply use registry keys to mass configure and manage your company laptops and mobile devices and use your company's Org ID as a token in the registry key. There are appropriate indication in the meetings to let users know that they are restrictions to use certain features due to their company enforced policy restrictions.

Webex Events (New)

Chat with Everyone in Your Webex Webinar

The Chat with everyone option is available in a Webex Events (new) webinar. Hosts, cohosts, panelists, and attendees can view all messages sent to everyone in a webinar. You can disable chat entirely when you schedule an event.


Chat messages aren’t shown for panelists who join only from a video device.

Scheduling Template Available for Webex Events (New)

When scheduling an event as a host, you can choose to save the configuration to a template so that you can reuse it when scheduling future events. The site administratorcan also choose to save a template as a standard template for all users on the site.

You can manage your templates in Preferences > Scheduling > Events templates.

As a site administrator, you can manage all standard templates and make any user- created template visible or invisible to everyone for the site in Site Administration > Configurations > Webex Meetings or Control Hub > Configure site > Webex Meetings > Site Options.


Custom registration questions aren’t saved as a part of the template, but they can be saved and reused from My questions when customizing the registration form.


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

Build your Own Brand and Customization in Webex Events (New)

As a host, you have the option of branding and customizing the attendee Welcome page and Registration page in Webex Events (new).

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


Branding is available for webinars that require registration.

Past Events Report in Control Hub

As an administrator of a site managed by Control Hub, you can export past Webex Events (new) reports in Control Hub > Reports. You have the option to export only the events filtered by date range.


This report doesn’t include Webex Events (classic) events.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Adjust Camera Brightness

Under the camera settings, there’s a new option to adjust the camera brightness. Enable this feature by checking the box to automatically adjust the camera brightness. This can help with low light or other challenging lighting environments. You can also select Manual in the drop-down menu to enable this feature. This enables a slider control, allowing you to manually adjust the camera brightness level to the desired level.


If the system doesn’t support Hardware Acceleration for video, this option is disabled in the Settings dialog.

Hardware Acceleration for Video on Mac OS

In the Advanced video settings, there’s a new option to Allow hardware acceleration. This setting is on by default and will use available hardware acceleration for video if available. Requires Mac OS. Disabling this setting forces the use of software-based processing and may have a negative impact on CPU utilization and battery life.

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.

Webex Scheduled Meetings by PSTN Host and Disable Lobby for PSTN Host

This feature allows hosts using phone-only to start a Webex scheduled meeting. This capability already exists for Personal Room meetings.

If the site administrator has enabled the following option for Webex scheduled meetings (enabled by default), then the host needs to call from a saved phone number.


For Personal Room meetings, its not enabled by default and the administrators can enable if needed.

The host can also call from a different phone, but needs to validate the saved phone number by providing the phone number at the time of starting the meeting. This would require the host to have saved a phone number in My phone numbers in Preferences > Audio and Video.


This option provides enhanced security and has been added to Personal Room meetings as well. The Personal Room setting is disabled by default and the site administrator can choose to enable it for Personal Room meetings.

Additionally, the host needs their host PIN to be able to start the meeting.


The host PIN has been moved from Preferences > My Personal Room to the Preferences > Audio and Video.

When the host is on phone-only for either Personal Room or Webex scheduled meetings, if the security setting is such that guests can’t get into the meeting directly, then today they are left in the lobby without the ability for phone host to let them in. For a better user experience, the site administrator can now choose if they want to enable the Guests can join without waiting in the lobby when the host starts an unlocked meeting from a phone option to let guests into the meeting directly only when host is on phone. If host is on the app, the guests are still placed in a lobby and the host can view and manage the lobby to let selected attendees in.

The option can be managed individually for Personal Room and Webex scheduled meetings. By default, this option is disabled and the site administrator can choose to enable it.


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

Start or Join a Webex Scheduled Meeting as a host using your Saved Phone Number

In the 41.8 update, we’ve added the capability for phone only users to be able to start a Webex scheduled meeting from their phone. Users who want to start a Webex scheduled meeting from the phone will need to validate their phone number along with the Host PIN. Save a phone number in Preferences > Audio and Video > My phone numbers to be able to start or join a meeting as a host by phone.


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

In-Meeting Experience

Increased Number of Videos that can be Moved to Stage

You can now move up to eight additional videos onto the stage (where previous, limit was four). This gives you the ability to keep even more people front and center in your view.

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

Optimized Spacing Between Videos and Shared Content

We've made some small adjustments to the layout when content is shared to minimize wasted space in between content and video.

Improved Active Speaker Switching

We've improved the video response time of the active speaker window on the stage, or when grid view is zoomed in all the way. The active speaker window switches between participant videos more seamlessly as different people in the meeting speak.

Pop-Out Panels Directly from the Meeting Window

We've made managing panels in the meeting experience even easier! You can now pop out any of the panels directly from the meeting window, without having to go into full-screen view. This makes it easy to float multiple panels, scale them for a closer look, or even move them to another monitor.

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

Keyboard Shortcut Optimizations

We've updated the categorization of the keyboard shortcuts, making it easier to find the shortcuts you're looking for in the Keyboard Shortcuts window.

We've updated some of the keyboard shortcuts to be more consistent with the Webex app. Note the following changes:

  • On Windows, the shortcut for open shortcut preferences is changing from Ctrl + E to Ctrl + /.

    On Mac, the shortcut for open shortcut preferences is changing from Control + E to Control + /.

Lastly, we've added some new keyboard shortcuts, making it even easier to quickly access key features:

Windows:

  • Ctrl + Shift + A—Turn closed captions on or off.

  • Ctrl + Shift + G—Admit participants from lobby.

  • Ctrl + Shift + U—Mute all participants.

  • Ctrl + Shift + X—Show or hide participants videos.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Z—Stop sharing.

Mac:

  • Control + shift +v—Start or stop your video.

  • Control + shift + r—Raise or lower your hand.

  • Command + shift + x—Show or hide participant videos.

  • Control + / ——Open Shortcut Preferences (changed shortcut in 41.8).

  • Control + shift + L—Lower all participants' hands (new added in 41.8).

  • Control + shift + g—Admit participants from lobby.

  • Control + shift + a—Turn closed caption on or off.

  • Control + shift + z—Stop sharing.

Web App: Q&A Set Priority, Mark as Answered Verbally

Like in the desktop app, as a meeting host, cohost, or event panelist, when you join from the web app, you can now do the following:

  • See and set the priority of a question.

  • Mark a question as Answered Verbally.

Web App: Q&A Tab Management

Like the desktop app, as a meeting host, cohost, or event panelist, when you join from the web app, you can now use the following tabs in the Q&A panel to filter or manage Q&A:

  • All

  • Answered

  • Unanswered

  • My Q&A

Administration Experience

Collaboration Restrictions for Company Users Joining External Meetings

Site administrators, you can now restrict your company users to use certain in-meeting features, that go against your company policies when joining meetings outside of your organization.

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

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 VDI

Breakout Session Support

Similar to Webex Meetings desktop app, Breakout sessions is now available for VDI.

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 and Android

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

Full Mobile Support for Webex Outlook Add-in

Full mobile support is now added for the Webex Outlook Add-in. Users can now schedule Webex meetings directly from either the iOS or Android Outlook mobile apps.

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.

Coming in July 2021 (41.7.2)

Webex Assistant Available to all Paid Plans

Webex Assistant will be available as part of paid plans, with no license required. The IT administrator must turn on the Enable Webex Assistant setting in Control Hub. New and existing Webex Assistant customers may need to check their Webex Assistant admin settings and turn it on again (since there's a one-time change for the default value to be off)

Learn more about Webex Assistant at Use Webex Assistant in Webex Meetings and Webex Events (New) and Cisco Webex Assistant for Webex Meetings At-a-Glance.


This feature will be available on an independent release cycle, coming after the July 2021 update. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

Coming in 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.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Closed Captions Available to all Paid Plans

    Previously, closed captions were only available if you had Webex Assistant. Now, all new meetings and events participants (paid meeting users) will automatically have closed captions and can turn them on in one click. The host doesn’t need to turn on anything for attendees to have it.


    In this update, only Webex Meetings and Webex Events (new) are supported. Support for Webex Events (classic) will be available in a future update.

    It was initially communicated that Support for Webex Events (classic) will be available in a future update. However, there is no plan to support Webex Assistant and Auto Closed Captioning in Webex Events (classic).

    If the host is a paid user, then free guest users who join this meeting and can have closed captions.

    A captions panel will be available when the closed captions feature is turned on. Currently, closed captions will only show English transcription. If a user has the real-time translation add-on, then the English transcription can be translated to 100+ languages. For more information, see the Show or Hide Closed Captions During a Webex Meeting or Event.


    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.

    Turn on or off the Audio Announcement for Webex Assistant

    As an administrator, you can now turn on or off the audio announcement for Webex Assistant for all site users. The audio announcement currently states Webex Assistant is enabled to save audio highlights.


    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.

  • Layout Optimization Features

    • See More Videos in The Filmstrip

      You can now see more videos when scaling the filmstrip. This helps you keep an eye on more people, even when content is shared or if you’re in one of the stage views.

    • Move a User from the Participant Panel to the Stage

      You can now move a user to the stage from the Participants panel. To do this, right- click on the user you want to move to stage and choose Move to stage.

  • Interact with audience when streaming live in Workplace from Facebook

    After starting the live stream to Workplace from Facebook, the host can view and reply to comments, as well as see the number of views and likes from the livestream viewers in the Workplace from Facebook panel.

    This feature requires Live Streaming to be enabled for the host account. The administrator must also enable the Workplace from Facebook option under Common SiteSettings > Options > Live Streaming Services in Site Administration or Common Settings > Site Options in Control Hub.

  • Zero Trust Security for Webex Meetings and Webex Room devices

    Superior meeting security is now available using End-to-End (E2EE) Encryption for meetings, including:

    • Modern, standards-based cryptography with strong identity verification

    • Use Webex Room devices (Room Series, DeskPro, and Board)

    • Verbal verification of meeting attendees using a new Security Verification Code

    • Encryption Key exchange over Message Layer Security (MLS) standard, which uses a non-portable Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Public-Private Certificate for each user and device

    • Media payload encryption using the new SFrame standard

    The security icon lets all users know at a glance, that they are meeting securely with nobody else able to connect. The icon will also tell you when end-to-end encryption is enabled for the meeting.


    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.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Increase the Meeting Number Size to 11 Digits

With a tremendous increase in meeting traffic, Cisco Webex is quickly running short of meeting numbers. To address this challenge, Webex Meetings, Webex Events (classic and new), Webex Training, and Webex Support sessions meeting numbers will be increased to 11-digits.

We’ll ensure that desktop apps, mobile apps, web app, video devices, our APIs, and our out-of-the-box integrations with Jira, Microsoft Teams, Slack and others are fully compatible with the meeting number increase. If you’re using Webex APIs with your applications, we request that you test and ensure that your applications are working with this change.


This change applies only to newly scheduled meetings. The meeting number size increase doesn't affect existing meetings and Personal Room meetings.

This change to 11-digit meeting numbers is scheduled to begin in July 2021. You can find the date for your site based on its cluster at status.webex.com/maintenance.


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.

For more information, see Meeting Number Size Increase.

In-Meeting Experience

First Participant Brought to the Stage View and Synced will be in Recordings


This feature is available in the 41.7 update, but was added after the initial July 2021 (41.7) features were communicated.

Recordings will now always show the first participant video that was brought to the stage by host or cohost and synced across all the attendees in the meeting. This is bringing back the behavior of locking the video of a participant for everyone in the meeting and then recording.

See More Videos in the Filmstrip

You can now see more videos when scaling the filmstrip. This helps you keep an eye on more people, even when content is shared or if you’re in one of the stage views.

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

Move a User from the Participant Panel to the Stage

You can now move a user to the stage from the Participants panel. To do this, right- click on the user you want to move to stage and choose Move to stage.

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

Interact with audience when streaming live in Workplace from Facebook

After starting the live stream to Workplace from Facebook, the host can view and reply to comments, as well as see the number of views and likes from the livestream viewers in the Workplace from Facebook panel.

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

Closed Captions Available to all Paid Plans

Previously, closed captions were only available if you had Webex Assistant. Now, all new meetings and events participants (paid meeting users) will automatically have closed captions and can turn them on in one click. The host doesn’t need to turn on anything for attendees to have it.

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

Web App: Full-Screen View

Similar to the desktop app, the Web app now includes full-screen view, allowing you to maximize the view of the stage within your browser.

Use the Tab Key to Navigate Anywhere in the Meeting Window (Windows)

You can now use the standard Tab or Shift+Tab to navigate through the entire window, as long as the panel is visible (or opened).

You can still use F6 as a quick shortcut to switch between the panels area and the main window, CTRL+Tab can still be used as a quick shortcut to move between multiple panels that you have open.


Support for tab navigation on Mac will come in a future update.

Keyboard Shortcut Management (Mac)

On Mac, you can now access and manage keyboard shortcuts directly from the Help menu in the desktop app meeting window. This feature was already released on Windows.

  • Here, you can manage the Global Shortcut setting to determine if you’d like to be able to use the shortcut even when the Webex Meetings desktop 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 useful if you find the keyboard shortcuts conflicting with other applications.

Security Enhancements

Superior meeting security is now available using End-to-End (E2EE) Encryption for meetings.

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

Administration Experience

Turn off the Audio Announcement for Webex Assistant

As an administrator, you can now turn on the audio announcement for Webex Assistant for all site users. The audio announcement currently states Webex Assistant is enabled to save audio highlights.

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

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 VDI

Webex Events (New) for VDI Environment

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) now supports Webex Events (new) for Linux OS-based thin client.

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 will support Webex Events (new) with up to 10,000 attendees, dependent on the event's capacity.

Available in June 2021 (41.6.5)

Keyboard Shortcut Management (Mac)

On Mac, you can now access and manage keyboard shortcuts directly from the Help menu in the desktop app meeting window. This feature was already released on Windows.

  • Here, you can manage the Global Shortcut setting to determine if you’d like to be able to use the shortcut even when the Webex Meetings desktop 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 useful if you find the keyboard shortcuts conflicting with other applications.

Available in June 2021 (41.6.4)

Webex Events (New)

Host High Capacity Webex Events (New)

In case you missed the announcement in 41.6, you can now host events with even more people. We’re excited to announce that high capacity events is now available. You can purchase an event license so that you can host events with 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, and 100,000. We’ll announce the enablement schedule separately. 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. You can find the for enablement schedule at status.webex.com/maintenance.


Webcast mode isn’t available for Webex for Government.

For more information, see Compare Webinar and Webcast Mode in Webex Events (New).

Webex Events (New) Enablement Update

In 41.5, only Webex Meetings Suite sites were enabled with Webex Events (new) and other sites needed to opt-in. In early July, all existing sites with Webex Events service (classic) and existing users with Webex Events licenses will be auto-enabled with Webex Events (new). The Webex Events license entitle a user with both Webex Events (new) and Webex Events (classic).


Webcast mode isn’t available for Webex for Government.

Modern View as the Default for Event only Sites and Users

Previously, Classic View was the only view for users or sites that have Webex Events only. But once Webex Events (new) is auto-enabled, in the July 41.7 update, Modern View will be the default homepage for hosts who only have Webex Events. Event hosts will still have access to Webex Events (classic) from the left navigation menu.

Summary Reports in Webex Event (New)

If you’ve hosted an event within the last 90 days, you have access to a summary of your past events from My Events > Summary Event Report. You can export your reports to a CSV file.

You can find out who has attended events you’ve hosted from My Reports > Webex Events (new) > Attendee History Report. You can search for someone’s name or email address to see which of your events they’ve attended in the last 90 days.”

Finally, an event host may view up to three previously downloaded Event Summary Reports or Attendee History Reports in My Reports > Webex Events (new) > Generated Report History.


The Event Summary Report and Attendee History Report contain only Webex Events (new) events. Webex Events (classic) reports can be found under the Webex Events (classic) section in My Webex Reports.

Limitation:

The “attended” count for a webcast in the event summary report only includes the count of panelists. It will also include the count of attendees, in a future release.

For more information, see Use Your Cisco Webex Site in Modern View.

Attendance and Registration Reports


We had initially communicated that this feature supports meeting and events, but currently it only supports events. Meetings will be supported in a future update.

As a host you have access to events attendance and registration reports in one place to better understand an event’s turnout. In the Registration report view, you can look up someone’s registration the host can choose to view individual registration by clicking on the registrant’s name. You can export report in a CSV formatted file that is available for both reports.

You can share these reports with others.

If the host has shared the post event content, the people you have shared with will have access to these two reports.

Limitation: The webcast attendance report will only include panelists. Attendees will be included in the attendance report in a future update.

For more information, see Compare Webinar and Webcast Mode in Webex Events (New).

In-Meeting

Automatically Detect when You're Sharing Video

When sharing your screen or an application, Webex Meetings can now detect if you're sharing motion and video content or sharing more static content like text and image. The client will automatically optimize accordingly, so that participants always get the best experience. Remember to select Share computer audio if you’re sharing media and would like participants to be able to hear the sound through the Webex conference.

By default, when you share content Webex will automatically optimize, but if you prefer, you can still manually choose to Optimize for text and images or Optimize for motion and video from the drop-down.

For more information, see Share Motion and Video Content in Webex Meetings and Webex Events (New).

Available in June 2021 (41.6.3)

Dark Theme by Default

Your Webex meetings and events will now be set to dark theme by default. You can still change your color theme during a meeting or event and that theme will be used going forward.

If you’ve previously changed your theme, or if you’re using Windows in high contrast mode, you will not see a change to your theme.

Optimized Shared Content Dialog

We've updated the look and feel of the Share Content dialog, making it easier to the find the options your looking for, without having to scroll as much.

For more information, see Share Motion and Video Content in Webex Meetings and Webex Events (New).

New Sharing Icon

We’ve updated the Webex branding, so you’ll now see a new sharing icon to indicate who has the presenter role. There’s no functionality change - just a new look.

Available in 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

  • Integration of Slido Polling and Q&A Features in Webex

    Desktop

    Webex has integrated Slido into its new AppHub for users to access the great polling and Q&A features, including word clouds, quizzes, and ratings.


    • Windows users may need to wait for WebView2 browser to download when using Slido for the first time (if not downloaded already). This can take a couple of minutes.

    • This feature isn’t available for Webex for Government.

    • 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.

    See more information about polls and Q&A for Slido in Webex Meetings.

    Mobile

    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.
  • Layout Optimization 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.

  • 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.

Webex Events (New)

Removal of Attendee Names in Reaction in Webex Events (New)

Based on the feedback received during the beta program, attendees’ names will now be hidden in a Webex Events (new) webinar on desktop and mobile. The ability to configure whether to show attendees’ name will be available in a future update.

Webcast Scheduling – Enable or Disable Chat, Q&A, and Polling

With this update, webcast hosts have the option to enable or disable polling, chat, and Q&A individually at the time of scheduling with Webex Events (new). Once the webcast has started, chat, Q&A, and polling options can’t be changed.


This feature isn't available for Webex for Government.

For more information, see Start and Manage a Webcast in Webex Events (New).

Customize Registration Rules in a Meeting or a Webex Event (New)

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.

For more information, see Require Your Attendees to Register for a Meeting or Event.

Join Meeting Join Experience

Enhancements to the Guest Join Experience

This feature enhances the join experience for a guest user. We’ve streamlined the guest join flow for a user when they click a link to join a meeting.

The key changes are:

  • For first-time users, visual elements and cues are added to create a seamless join experience.

  • Across platforms authentication flow enhancements are made to streamline sign in experience.

  • To ease the meeting join experience, sign in or guest join error handling and messaging has been added.

  • To ensure that users don’t have to enter their details again, we offer the option to select Remember me.


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

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.

In-Meeting Experience

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 the Highlighted Features for this update.

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 the Highlighted Features for this update.

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.

For more information, see Sync Your Stage with Everyone in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Return to Previous View When Host Stops Syncing

Now, as a meeting participant, if the host or cohost stops syncing their stage, you’ll be returned to your previous view. For example, if you were in Grid View, and the host starts syncing their stage, your view will automatically switch to the Stack view. If the host stops synching their stage, you’ll return to Grid view.

For more information, see Sync Your Stage with Everyone in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Optimized the Filmstrip Default Size for High-Resolution Displays

We've also adjusted the default filmstrip size for a more balanced view on high-resolution displays.

Reordered the "More Options" Menu in the Video Thumbnails

We've reordered the selections in the menu when clicking on "More Options" in the video thumbnails, putting the most common options, first.

Web App: Scale the Filmstrip in Stack View

Web app users can now scale the filmstrip in the Stack view. Like the Side-by-side view, simply drag to make the filmstrip bigger or smaller.

For more information, see Adjust How Many Participants Appear in the Stage Views in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Web App: Grid View Zoom in and Zoom Out

Like the desktop app, web app users will now see the slider to zoom in and zoom out in grid view.

For more information, see Adjust How Many Participants Appear in Grid View in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Media Enhancements

Intel Hardware Encoder for Sharing in Windows


This feature is available in the 41.6 update, but was added after the initial June 2021 (41.6) features were communicated.

This update includes a new advanced video setting for Windows apps.Hardware acceleration for sharing to reduce the load on the main system processor, when possible, by off-loading share processing to any available dedicated hardware.


Hardware acceleration is only supported with Intel graphics processing units (GPUs). Nvidia and AMD GPUs are not supported.

When Hardware acceleration for sharing is enabled, the system will only choose to encode share content with codecs that are natively supported by the hardware the client is running one. This will effectively disable support for any newer software codecs such as AV1.

For more information, see Select Advanced Video Settings for Webex Meetings.

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.

Allow Compliance Officers to Delete Meeting Recordings

Compliance Officers, in addition to the meeting hosts, can now remove meeting recordings for any of their site users using API. This ensures adherence to corporate policies when the recordings contain material that shouldn't be distributed. Deleted recordings are still available under the retention policy (soft delete) in the eDiscovery tool.

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.

People Insights Profiles for Webex, Jabber, Webex Meetings, and Webex Events (New) in Control Hub.

Webex Meetings VDI

Provide VMWare Support for ThinPro 7.1.x

Currently VMWare support is available only for Windows Thin Clients. With this update, VDI support will be available for Linux.

For more information, see Release Notes for Cisco Webex Meetings Virtual Desktop Software Release 41.x.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Integration of Slido Polling and Q&A Features in Webex

Webex has integrated Slido into its new AppHub for users to access the great polling and Q&A features, including word clouds, quizzes, and ratings.

See more information about polls and Q&A for Slido in Webex Meetings.

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

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.

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.

For more information, see Resize the Stage in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.