Features

Webex Productivity Tools is a plug-in and the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler is an add-in. This document shows the basic differences in features, capabilities, and deployment between the two. For more information, see Deploy and Configure the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler for Microsoft Office 365.

Table 1. Settings, Features, and Capabilities

Settings, Features, and Capabilities

Webex Productivity Tools

Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler (Office 365)

Display host PIN

Yes

Yes

One-time Webex meeting scheduling

Yes

Yes

Schedule Webex Personal Room

Yes

Yes

Attendees can join before host

Yes

Yes

Select alternate host from invitees

Yes

Yes

Anyone with a host account can be alternate host

No

Yes

Change audio type

Yes

Yes

Display global call-in number to attendees

Yes

Yes

Attendees can connect to audio before the start time

Yes

Yes

Enable and display toll-free number

Yes

Yes

Entry and exit tone

Yes

Yes

Exclude password from email invitation

Yes

Yes

Set default meeting template or change meeting template

Yes

Yes

Personal Conference Meeting scheduling

Yes

Yes

Schedule on behalf

Yes

Yes

Events scheduling

Yes

No

Training scheduling

Yes

No

Change auto-generated password

Yes

No

Audio-only meetings with TSP

Yes

No

Tracking codes

Yes

No

Schedule meeting with registration

No

No

Cancel Webex Meeting option from the calendar invite

Yes

No

Choose meeting type from the icon drop-down menu

Yes

No*

Webex Meeting scheduling icon shows in Calendar View

Yes

No*

* The current Microsoft framework limits certain functionality of the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler. (For example, access to the Webex Meeting scheduling icon from the calendar appointment only and choosing a meeting type is moved from the icon drop-down to the opened side panel)

One Button to Push

When you schedule meetings from Microsoft Outlook, you can invite a room to provide one button to push (OBTP) for Cisco video devices. The requirements for both on-premises and cloud-registered video devices in order to get the OBTP are listed in the table below. For more information, see One Button to Push with Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler for Microsoft Office 365.

Table 2. One Button to Push

One Button to Push

Webex Productivity Tools

Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler (Office 365)

Cisco Webex on-premise registered video devices

Requires Cisco TelePresence Management Suite (TMS).

Requires Cisco TelePresence Management Suite (TMS), Cisco Hybrid Calendar Service, Cisco Webex Calendar Connector.

Cisco Webex cloud-registered video devices

Requires Cisco Webex Hybrid Calendar Service.

Requires Cisco Webex Hybrid Calendar Service.

Preferences

When you schedule your Webex meeting using Webex Productivity Tools or the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler, you have the option to set your default meeting preferences and change them on a meeting-by-meeting basis. Below is a visual comparison of the meeting preferences settings within Microsoft Outlook using Webex Productivity Tools and Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler. Webex Productivity Tools settings open in a pop-up window when you click Change Settings. The Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler’s meetings preferences shows as a panel on the right when you click Webex Preferences. Not all the meeting settings/preferences are shown in this example.

Table 3. Preferences

Webex Productivity Tools

Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler (Office 365)

Deployment

The current recommendation is to deploy the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler to new Webex host users who haven’t previously scheduled meetings using Webex Productivity Tools. Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler is not currently backward compatible with meetings scheduled with Productivity Tools. Those existing meetings cannot be edited using the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler available today. Therefore, Webex Productivity Tools (plug-in) should continue to be deployed to existing Webex host users who have not migrated to Office 365.

The backward compatibility function is currently being being addressed and we expect to have this issue resolved soon, at that time the recommendation will be amended.

In the event a transition from Webex Productivity Tools to the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler is necessary, note the following:

  • According to Microsoft documentation, the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler add-in may take up to 24 hours to appear. Therefore, uninstalling Productivity Tools prematurely may disrupt the ability for a host to schedule Webex meetings, if the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler hasn't yet appeared.

  • During this interim period, both the plug-in and the add-in may co-reside on the desktop and will be visible to the user.

  • When the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler add-in icon appears, the Webex Productivity Tools plug-in should be uninstalled.

Office 365 allows for a much simpler deployment and upgrade process for the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler add-in. The table below shows the differences in deployment and update methods, options, and requirements between Webex Productivity Tools (plug-in) and the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler (add-in).


Table 4. Deployment

Deployment

Webex Productivity Tools

Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler (Office 365)

Deployment process

For on-premise-based and cloud-based Microsoft Exchange, deploy the Webex Productivity Tools plug-in for Microsoft Outlook.

The plug-in can be installed by end users by downloading the file from the company Webex site.

IT Administrators can remotely install the MSI (Windows) using a Mass push.

Installed using MSI file or DMG file.

For cloud-based Microsoft Exchange, deploy the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler add-in for Office 365.

Webex Site or Control Hub Administrator must enable the Cisco Webex Meetings Scheduler integration.

The add-in can be installed by end users from the Microsoft AppSource store.

IT Administrators can remotely deploy the add-in through the Office 365 Administrator Center.

No files installed on end users’ PC.

Mass push installation of MSI

This method requires IT administrator privilege.

IT Administrators remotely deploy the add-in through the Office 365 Administrator Center.

Administrator managed updates

Two methods:

  1. Site Administrator setting - turn on Productivity Tools updates.

  2. IT administrator mass push of the MSI

Updates are controlled by Office 365 Administrator Center.

There are no Webex Site Administrator controls or settings for the add-in.

End-user installation requires local PC/Mac administrator privilege

Yes, user must have administrator rights to manually install the plug-in.

Users are automatically updated through Office 365 when a new version is available from Cisco Webex to Microsoft AppSource.

End-user updates require local PC/Mac administrator privilege

Windows – No

Mac – Yes

No

Email address of Webex account and Office 365 account must match

No

Yes