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 (WBS40) 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.

Coming in April 2021 (41.4)

Announcements

The WBS41.4 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • All New Webex Events

    New Webex Events Service


    We previously communicated that the all new Webex Events would be part of the update that becomes generally available with 41.4. However, we are continuing to incorporate valuable feedback learned from early field trials. Webex Events (New) will remain available as a Beta release until the 41.5 update.

    In this update, we’re adding 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 - Event 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. Note that the layout in the recording will follow the host's Recording > Preferences option. Some Webex Events (Classic) functionality isn’t yet available, but will come in future updates. These include, but aren’t limited to, attendee telephony audio options in Event mode, registration and attendance reports, importing attendees, and registration auto-approval rules.


      The All New Webex Events will be available on a delayed release cycle. Check status.webex.com/maintenance to see when it will be available on your site.

      See Webex Events (New) to learn more about the new scheduler, Events mode, and Webcast mode.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    Known Limitations to be addressed in a future update:

    • Video endpoints don’t support the ability to customize what's on stage in this update, and will continue to follow their own layouts as defined today.

    • Recordings will continue to follow the layout defined by the host in the recording preferences.

    • Livestreaming will continue to follow the streaming layout options defined by the host.

    • Web app can support up to six videos in grid view (maximum 180p resolution).

    • Web app hosts can sync their stage, but web app cohosts won’t be able to synch their stage in this update. (Support for cohosts to sync their stage is targeted for 41.5).

    • Web app doesn’t support drag and drop in this update.

  • 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.

  • iPhone Breakout Room Host Support

    Similar to desktop and Android, iOS users will now be able to host and assign breakout sessions directly from their mobile apps on their iPhone devices.

In-Meeting Experience

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 the Highlighted Features for this update.

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.

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

Answer Q&A in Webex Meetings Web App

Hosts, Cohosts, and Panelists joining Webex Meetings and the “all-new” Webex Events from the Web App can now answer questions in the Q&A panel.

Media Enhancements

New AV1 Codec for Content Sharing

We’ve added a new next generation video coding format from the Alliance for Open Media to our Webex Meetings desktop app. This codec is referred to as AV1 and is optimized to provide a great user experience while using less bandwidth than existing codecs.

In this update, we have added support for this codec when sharing has been manually set to Optimize for motion and video. Sharing content with this codec requires a minimum of a Quad-core processor. Receiving content shared with AV1 requires the minimum of a Dual-core processor. In this initial update, all participants in the call must meet the minimum requirements for this codec to be used.

When AV1 is successfully negotiated, all participants will display the AV1 logo for 5 seconds at the beginning of content sharing. The logo will be displayed in the top left corner as shown below.


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.

Administration Experience

Control Hub Settings to Block User from Joining External Webex Meetings

Site Administrators can now turn on a setting for their organization which prevents all their company users from joining any external meetings. This setting also provides capability for you to add sites to the "approved site" list there by controlling which sites your company users can join or be blocked.

The join policy setting is applicable for the Webex Meetings app only. The setting can be configured from Control Hub. If turned on for your company, this policy will be applied to all users in your organization joining from mobile, desktop, and browser using your company's claimed domain email address to join meetings.

Currently this setting is applicable to ALL users in the organization.

Enhance User Export Function in Site Administration

Some customers want to export a report of inactive users instead of a report with all users.

This new function allows the administrators to export the list of inactive users in a file. As it’s a partial set of data, it’s more efficient than exporting all users.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Ability to Set-Up Default Webex Site for an Organization

Microsoft Teams Administrators can now set up a default Webex site for their entire organization. This means that all Microsoft Teams channels within an organization will use that default Webex site for the integration.

There are three new commands for the Administrator:

  • Site org - allows them to see which Webex site is currently set as default for their organization.

  • Site org [Webex Site URL] - allows them to set a Webex site as default.

  • Site org reset - allows them to remove the default Webex site previously set.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

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

SDK Integration for Facebook Portal Using Smart Camera

Attendees on Facebook Portal devices will now take advantage of the Facebook Camera SDK improvements for a better self-video experience. The default camera state will be "Desktop mode," which allows the camera view to be optimized for meeting participation.

Webex Meetings for iOS

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

iPhone Breakout Room Host Support

Similar to desktop and Android, iOS users will now be able to host and assign breakout sessions directly from their mobile apps on their iPhone devices.

OS Support for 14.4 and 14.5 iOS

Webex Meetings on mobile now officially supports OS versions iOS 14.4 and 14.5.

Webex Meetings for Android

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

Improvements to the Active Speaker View Discoverability

Mobile users will now see a clear icon indicator of how to get to active speaker focused view, for better discoverability.

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.

Announcements

The WBS41.3 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Q&A Added to Webex Meetings

    Desktop

    As part of our continued effort to bring training features into meetings as standard functionality, Q&A is now supported in Webex Meetings. Meeting participants can type their questions into the Q&A panel, which can be answered by the host or cohosts.


    The following limitations in this release, to be addressed in a following release:

    1. You can’t answer Q&A from the web app. In order for hosts, cohosts, and panelists to answer questions, they will need to use the desktop app.

    2. Q&A isn’t currently supported within a breakout session. Q&A is only supported in the main session.

    Mobile

    Similar to Webex Events, mobile hosts and attendees in Webex Meetings will now be able to fully participate in Q&A sessions.

  • Pre-Meeting Lobby for Scheduled Meetings

    Webex scheduled meetings now have a pre-meeting lobby, just like Personal Room meetings. When attendees try to join a meeting, they can wait in a lobby if the meeting hasn’t yet started. Once the host or cohost starts the meeting, they will enter the meeting based on meeting security settings.

    This enhances the join experience for attendees as they don’t have to re-try to join a meeting multiple times until it has been started by the host or cohost. They can simply join the meeting and wait in the lobby until the meeting starts.

    While waiting in the lobby, the attendee can notify the host that they’re waiting. Attendees will be removed from the lobby based on the lobby timeout value set by the site administrator.

    Pre-meeting lobby will be supported for attendees joining from the Webex app and video devices. Support for phone-only attendees will be added in the next update.


    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.

  • Moderated Unmute Support for Video Devices

    Extending the moderated unmute mode support to video devices, hosts now have the ability to directly unmute remote participants on video device when this mode is enabled.

    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.

    As a reminder, default behavior in Webex meetings remains where users are prompted to unmute. This new behavior is only available for special cases, where the administrator has enabled the feature.


    In this update, hosts can unmute SIP video devices directly. However, hosts can’t unmute cloud connected Webex Rooms devices. This will be addressed in the next update.

    For more information on moderated unmute mode, see

Pre-Meeting Experience

Edge Chromium and WebView2 Required for Facebook with Webex

As Microsoft has retired support for Internet Explorer, you may be required to install Microsoft Edge Chromium and Microsot Edge WebView2 in order to sign in to Webex using your Facebook account, or when streaming to Facebook Live.

You’ll need to install Edge Chromium, decide which WebView2 app to use, Evergreen recommended, and then install WebView2.

Enhancements to the Guest Join Experience


This feature was announced with the 41.3 update, but it has been removed from the release. Enhancements to the guest join experience will be delivered in a future update.

Currently, when guests join a meeting using the Webex app, they’re asked for their display name or email address, and then the meeting preview window appears. With this update, guests now enter their information within the preview window. You can choose if you want the Webex app to remember your information or the account sign-in status.

This reduces the time and steps to enter a meeting.

If the meeting host isn’t signed in, a sign in window will open once they enter their email address. Guests who have accounts can sign in by clicking Sign in on the top right of the preview window.


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 Lobby for Scheduled Meetings

Webex scheduled meetings now have a pre-meeting lobby, just like Personal Room meetings. When attendees try to join a meeting, they can wait in a lobby if the meeting hasn’t yet started. Once the host or cohost starts the meeting, they will enter the meeting based on meeting security settings.


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.

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

In-Meeting Experience

Q&A Added to Webex Meetings

As part of our continued effort to bring training features into meetings as standard functionality, Q&A is now supported in Webex Meetings. Meeting participants can type their questions into the Q&A panel, which can be answered by the host or cohosts.

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

Media Enhancements

We’ve added a new HD Video setting to control the default resolution used by the camera. The meeting application will default this setting per the table below, based on the capabilities of the hardware that is used. If the system doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for High-Definition video, the option won’t be available.

Table 1. HD Video Option

Platform

PC Performance

HD Option

Windows

Memory >=4G Physical Cores >=4 and CPU Frequency >=1.6GHZ

Default ON

Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=4

Or Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=2 and Virtual Cores == 2 and CPU Frequency >=1.6GHZ

Or Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=2 and Virtual Cores == 1 and CPU Frequency >=2.8GHZ

Default OFF

Otherwise

Hide this option

Mac

Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=4

Or Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=2 and Virtual Cores == 2 and CPU Frequency >=1.2GHZ

Or Memory >=1G Physical Cores >=2 and Virtual Cores == 1 and CPU Frequency >=2.4GHZ

Default ON

Otherwise

Hide this option

Webex Meetings VDI

VDI App Plugin Checker

Webex Meetings VDI will check the status of the VDI plugin. It will notify the user to install the VDI plugin if it’s not detected, or upgrade the VDI plugin if the version is a mismatch between the HVD installation and the plugin on the thin client.

Administration Experience

Administrator Option to Allow Hosts to Edit Recordings

In 40.8, a security update was made to disable hosts to edit or delete recordings if auto-recording option is enabled in the administrator portal. With this update, the administrator has the option to enable editing privileges for hosts even when automatic recording is enabled.


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.

A Fresh New Look for the Webex Control Hub Analytics

On February 25th, 2021, the Meetings Analytics tab will be replaced with new redesigned pages to make it more user-friendly. These pages provide faster load times, higher data resolution, and real-time data with a 10-minute lag time. We’re also adding a new participant’s tab to highlight the activities of host and attendees. On top of all that, we’re introducing a new Classic Reports tab in Analytics to support all the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite reports from Site Administration.

New visualizations will be rolled out for Webex Control Hub Analytics by April 2021. This will provide faster load times for Webex Meetings, Messaging, Calling, and Video Mesh analytics pages. Detail tables will be moved under Reports as CSV downloads for Pro Pack customers.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Meeting Join URL Added to Outlook Add-In Location Field

Adding a Webex meeting to an event using the Microsoft 365 Add-in will add the meeting join URL to the location field.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

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

Q&A Added to Meetings

Similar to Webex Events, mobile hosts and attendees in Webex Meetings will now be able to fully participate in Q&A sessions.

Android

iOS

Pre-Meeting Lobby in Webex Meetings

Similar to Desktop, mobile users will now be taken to a pre-meeting lobby if the host hasn’t yet joined a scheduled Webex meeting.

Android

iOS

Active Speaker View Discoverability


It was initially communicated that this feature would be available with 41.3. However, it will be available in a future update.

Mobile users will now see a clear icon indicator of how to get to active speaker focused view, for better discoverability.

Android

iOS

Escalate SIP Call to Webex Meetings

Mobile Webex app users will experience an intuitive transition into their Webex meeting on the Webex Meetings mobile app, if the calling user chooses to move their SIP call into a Webex meeting.

Customized Layouts Attendee Support


It was initially communicated that this feature would be available for both Android and iOS with 41.3. It is currently available for iOS, however, it will be available in a future update for Android.

Similar to Desktop, mobile attendees will now be able to 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.

Webex Meetings for iOS

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

iOS 10 OS No Longer Supported

In case you missed the iOS 10 OS will no Longer be Supported announcement that came in the 41.2 update, Webex Meetings will no longer support iOS 10 OS. OS 10 users will no longer be able to install or update their Webex Meetings app versions. No functionality will be turned off. However, we’ll no longer release patch fixes or updates specific to this OS version.

Profile Picture Support for Control Hub-Managed Sites

iOS users are now able to upload their profile picture directly from their mobile apps when signed in to their Webex Control Hub-managed Webex sites.

Display Only Video Participants in Grid View for iOS

Similar to Desktop, iOS attendees will now have the option to only see participants sending video while in Grid view. Non-video participants will still show up in the participant list.

Webex Meetings for Android

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

Problem Reporting Enhancement

Android users will now be able to select a category from a drop-down when reporting a problem from the app, for more efficient processing of their feedback.

Coming in May 2021 (41.5)

We're sharing details about our planned releases, but keep in mind that we might need to make changes to release dates and the features themselves. You can subscribe to this article to get updated about any changes.

  • Export registration report

  • Hide non-video participants, name labels (Web App)

  • Drag and drop on to stage (Web App)

  • Cohost can sync their stage

  • Global Distributed Meetings (GDM) for Webex App and Cloud Registered Video Endpoints

  • (Webex App) 5x5 iPad+Chromebook grid view

  • (Webex Meetings) Presenter spotlight support