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.

December 2020 (40.12.3)

Seasonal Reactions Update

For many of us, this year’s holiday season will be like no other. To try and bring some festive cheer to your virtual world, we’re giving our reactions on desktop a festive makeover for the holiday season (December 1, 2020 until January 7, 2021).

  • On mobile, we use native OS emojis for reactions so we aren’t in a position to update these. The desktop seasonal reactions will map to the standard set on your mobile app.

  • Note that all reactions in your app will be updated (even those sent before December 1, 2020), and after January 7, 2021, they will change back to the standard set.

  • If you would rather not have this change, contact Mags Moran (magmoran@cisco.com) and we can organize that for you.

  • This won’t be available to customers who are on deferred builds.

December 2020 (40.12)

Announcements

The WBS40.12 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Improved Layout Control

    Following suit with the control bar, we've optimized the layout controls to a single button, labeled Layout. We've also added the option to Hide non-video participants to this menu for easy access.


    We've updated the names of the views to be more consistent with the device experience:

    • Active speaker and thumbnail video view is now called, Stage view

    • Active speaker video view is now called, Focus view

    • Video strip view is now called, Stack view

    • Floating panel view is now called, Fullscreen view

  • Hide Names in Videos

    Name labels in the video windows will now auto-hide after a few seconds for anyone who isn't actively speaking and reappears when moving the mouse. You also have the option to hide all the name labels in the video windows (including active speaker) manually, by going to the View menu or Layout button and selecting Hide names in videos.

  • Layout Options to Include Grid View in Third Party Streaming

    With this update, the host has the options to select which layouts the audiences will see from a third party live streaming platform. The streaming layout can be set prior to the live streaming starts, and it can be modified during the live streaming.

    • When the meeting has shared content, the host can choose from thumbnail view, active speaker view or content-only view.

    • When the meeting has no shared content, the host can choose from active speaker and thumbnail view, grid view, or active speaker view.


    This feature isn’t available on FedRAMP-authorized Webex sites until streaming is available in FedRAMP-authorized Webex sites.

  • Remove Background Noise from Meetings

    Similar to Webex Meetings desktop app, mobile users will now be able to take advantage of our new background noise detection and filtering feature that was released for Desktop in 40.10. All the same benefits available to Desktop users will be available to mobile app users as well.

    Android

    iOS

  • Airplay and Apple TV Support

    iOS users can now stream their Webex meeting (including video and shared content) to their Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled devices to mirror their iOS device's entire screen. Webex audio continues to play from their iPhone or iPad device.

Pre-Meeting Experience

Redirect Unsupported Versions of Internet Explorer to Supporting Browsers

Modern View and Classic View users who are attempting to navigate to their experience on an unsupported older Internet Explorer browser will now automatically be redirected to their installed Edge browser. If the user does not have an Edge browser installed, then they will see a message with a link to install the Edge browser.

Meeting Invites Now Contain Meetings URL for Easy Copying

Going forward, email meeting invitations will contain the Webex Meeting link explicitly listed for easy copying.

Details of the changes the email invite template:

  1. The time and date of the meeting will appear above the Green Join Button.

  2. All join methods will be listed under a More ways to Join section below the green Join meeting button.

  3. The meeting link has been added to the invite to be explicitly displayed. It will appear under this More ways to Join section.

  4. 4. The location of the Meeting number and password (if applicable) are being moved from above Join button to below the Join button under the section More ways to Join, so it's clear to users that a meeting can be joined by using the meeting number or password. This will appear below the meeting link URL information.

These changes are applicable to only Meetings email invites. Changes apply to invites for Personal Room meetings, Webex scheduled meetings as well as Personal Conference type of meetings. These changes DO NOT apply to @webex email invites. There’s no impact to customized email templates.

Remove Start and Schedule Meeting for User with Attendee Account

When the Start and Schedule Meeting buttons are removed for a user from the Webex Meetings desktop app then, when all attendees log in to the Webex Meetings desktop app, they won’t have the ability to Start or Schedule meetings.

In-Meeting Experience

Web App Support for In-Meeting Reactions

Following the update of in-meeting reactions in the desktop app in 40.11, we excited to announce that starting in 40.12, in-meeting reactions are now also supported in the Webex Meetings web app. In-meeting reactions are an easy way for participants to express themselves non-verbally in a meeting.


Reactions aren’t supported on Internet Explorer or Edge versions below 44.18362.449.0.

Improved Layout Control

Following suit with the control bar, we've optimized the layout controls to a single button, labeled Layout. We've also added the option to Hide non-video participants to this menu for easy access.

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

Hide Names in Videos

Name labels in the video windows will now auto-hide after a few seconds for anyone who isn't actively speaking and will reappear when moving the mouse.

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

Layout Options to Include Grid View in Third Party Streaming

With this update, the host has the options to select which layouts the audiences will see from a third party live streaming platform.

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

Post-Meeting Experience

Improve Post-Meeting Share Functionality

On the post-meeting web page, you can now quickly select from participants and invitees to share the post-meeting content with them for view or edit access. This option applies to both the entire post-meeting content as well as just the highlights, if any. Click Select people from participants and invitees.


This feature is available on FedRAMP-authorized Webex sites.

Increase Uploaded Recording Size Limit in ARF and MP4

The limit of an uploaded recording file has increased to 2GB in the Recordings tab.

Administration Experience

Introduce Site Administrators Toggle to Enable or Disable On-Hold Music While Waiting in the Lobby

This is an Audio only feature.

Music on Hold for phone users waiting in the lobby was enabled in a previous update. This was applicable to locked lobby for both Personal Room meetings and Webex scheduled meetings, as well as Personal Room lobby.

In this update, site administrators can turn this feature off.

To turn this feature off, uncheck the following option on Webex Site Admin > Common Site Settings > Site Options > Enable on hold music for phone .


This option is checked by default.

Site Administrators can View and Download Previous CSV Export Results

This feature is about allowing the administrators to select from a list of previous CSV results to download in Control Hub. Administrators should be able to access a list of the 10 previously imported and exported results. Successful imports and errors should appear in the same list.

If the administrator intends to edit the user attribute and then import, they should download the latest one for editing.

Webex Meetings VDI

Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves

In this update, VDI client will support the Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves option that is currently available in the Webex Meetings desktop app.

Provide VMWare Support for Linux Clients

Currently, VMWare support is available only for Windows Thin Clients. With this update, we’re adding VMWare support for Linux (Ubuntu and eLux) Thin Clients.

Webex Meetings Integrations

Enhanced Management of Webex App within Slack

In the Slack Administration console (Enterprise Grid), Slack Administrators will be able to manage how the Webex app is installed in their organization's Slack workspaces as follows:

  • Install the Webex app on all or on a subset of Slack workspaces in their organization.

  • Make the Webex app automatically install in all future workspaces.

  • Remove Webex app from a subset of Slack workspaces in their organization.

Meetings Report to Include Microsoft Teams and Slack Integration Information

In the Meetings report in Control Hub, Webex Site Administrators will now be able to see if a meeting has been scheduled through the Microsoft Teams or Slack integrations.

Improved Microsoft 365 Add-in Feature Support

New features that are now supported for the Cisco Webex Scheduler Microsoft 365 Add-in are listed below:

  • Audio Connect Type

  • Entry Exit Tone

  • Join before Host (on or off)

  • Join before start minutes

  • Cohost

  • Change Password

  • Tracking Code

  • Breakout Session

  • Other Telephony

  • Select Session Type

Backward Compatibility and Interoperability for Microsoft 365 Add-in and Productivity Tools

New users of the Microsoft 365 Add-in who meet certain Outlook client minimum version requirements will be able to use it to edit or update meetings previously scheduled using Productivity Tools.

Users using Productivity Tools version 40.8.1 or Productivity Tools 40.10 that also meet certain Outlook client minimum version requirements, will be able to use Productivity Tools and the Microsoft 365 Add-in interchangeably.


Backward compatibility and interoperability will be enabled for all Webex sites by mid-November.

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

Reclaim Host Support

If a mobile meeting host has left the meeting and had their role reassigned to another host, that mobile host can now re-enter their meeting on mobile and reclaim their host role.

Android

iOS

Animated In-Meeting Reactions Alignment with Desktop App

Similar to Webex Meetings desktop app, mobile will also support animated in-meeting reactions.

Android

iOS

Remove Background Noise from Meetings

Similar to Webex Meetings desktop app, mobile users will now be able to take advantage of our new background noise detection and filtering feature that was released for Desktop in 40.10.

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

Attendees Using Smartphone and Tablet will have a Different Participant List Icon

When viewing the participant list, we’ll now differentiate attendees using Android and iOS phone and tablet with different icons. All attendees across platforms will see this change.

Android

iOS

Webex Meetings for iOS

Support for a Native Apple ID Login Flow

iOS users will now be able to use their Apple ID to log into their Webex Meetings app directly, instead of being taken to their mobile browser for login.

Long Press iPad Keyboard to Unmute

iPad users will be able to long press their bluetooth keyboard's space bar to mute or unmute temporarily.

If a user is in the muted state, long pressing the spacebar will pop-up a “speaking” dialog and put the user in a temporarily unmuted state. After the user lets go, they will automatically be muted again.

If the user is in muted state, short pressing the spacebar will unmute the user until they tap to mute again.

If the user is in unmuted state, short or long pressing the spacebar will mute the user until they tap to unmute again.

Airplay and Apple TV Support

iOS users can now stream their Webex meeting (including video and shared content) to their Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled devices to mirror their iOS device's entire screen.

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

Dynamic Assignment in Breakout Sessions for Meetings that Have Started

iOS hosts and cohosts can now remove or move their attendees between meeting breakout sessions.

iOS attendees can be now be removed or moved between meeting breakout sessions after they start.

Webex Meetings for Android

Android L will no Longer be Supported

Starting with the 40.12 update, Webex Meetings will no longer support Android Lollipop (version 5.x). ​​

No functionality will be turned off. However, we no longer release patch fixes or updates specific to this OS version.

Display Video Only Participants in Grid View

Similar to Desktop, Android 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.

Dual Camera Support

Similar to iOS, Android users can now show dual video (front and back camera) at the same time within a meeting. This allows them to stay on self-video even while sharing the contents of what's in front of them.

Allow Guest Joins from Different SSO Sites

Android mobile users can now join as guests on a site B, even if they are signed into a different site A when they're attempting to join. Previously the app would block the user from joining that meeting. With this update, we’ll be prompting the user with a new sign-in flow before allowing them to join.

Post-Meeting Highlights Improvements

Mobile users will now have access to a post-meeting interface that divides Webex Assistant Highlights into suggested highlights (recommended by our system) as opposed to user-defined highlights (selected by the host).

In this interface, mobile users will be able to move some of their suggested highlights into their user-defined highlights list.

Smart Device Link Certification

Android users are now part of the Smart Device Link in-vehicle app community. They can now download Webex Meetings for Android directly from the SDLC App Catalog. ​Download link: https://smartdevicelink.com/app-catalog/

November 2020 (40.11.1)

Pre-Meeting Experience

Improved Virtual Background Messaging

We’ve improved the messaging in the Webex Meetings desktop app when joining from a compute that doesn’t meet the hardware requirements to support virtual backgrounds, providing a consistent experience between Mac and Windows.

In-Meeting Experience

Hosts Can Raise Hand

As host, I can now raise my hand in a meeting, aligning to the experience when joining from a device.

Remove Background Noise from Meetings and Events

In case you missed the Remove Background Noise from Meetings and Events feature that came in the 40.10 update, here’s how it works. In this update, we have enabled this feature to remove the background noise. So, you can continue collaborating without noisy background disruptions. When the Remove background noise setting is turned on, your desktop app will remove your barking dog or home improvement project noise, while enhancing your voice.

November 2020 (40.11)

Announcements

The WBS40.11 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Highlighted Features for this Update

  • Animated In-Meeting Reactions

    You can now express yourself non-verbally through in-meeting reactions. This is a great way to engage in a meeting without having to come off of mute.

    All participants in the meeting, the host, presenter, cohost and attendees, can see how the audience is reacting in real-time.


    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.

  • Breakout Sessions Enhancements:

    • High Frame Rate Content Sharing in Breakout Sessions

      You now have the options to Optimize for motion and video and Share computer audio in Webex Meetings breakout sessions. This makes it easy to share the video or animation while in a breakout session.

      For more information on sharing video in Meetings, see Share Content in Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events.

      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.

  • High Frame Rate Content Sharing Breakout Sessions for Android Devices

    Android users can now share high quality video and audio streams while in a Webex Meeting breakout session, similar to when they're in the main session.

  • Breakout Session Improvements

    Mobile Android and iPhone hosts can now start and assign breakout sessions directly from their Webex Meetings mobile apps, similar to iPads and the desktop app.


    It was initially communicated that this feature would support iPhone but support for iPhone will be available at a later date.

  • Pre-Assign Breakout Sessions

    Modern View users can now set up meeting breakout sessions and pre-assign invitees to specific sessions while scheduling their meetings.

    The administrator can go to Default Scheduler Options to set the default breakout session status for a scheduler template. The host can change the option from the Meeting template.


    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.

  • Host or Cohost Can Lower a Participant's Hand

    As a meeting host or cohost, you can now lower the hand of a participant who has raised their hand. Simply hover over their raised hand in the Participants panel and click "Lower hand."

  • Automatic Notification When Talking on Mute

    Webex Meetings and Webex Events will now let you know if you're trying to speak while on mute. If you are using Call using computer and start to talk while your microphone is muted, Webex will automatically show you a notification so that you can unmute yourself to speak.

  • Request for Post-Meeting Emails to Contain Details on Meeting Usage

    After meetings end, hosts will now receive an updated post-meeting summary with a list of top participants who attended their meeting, along with the join time, join duration, and connection type. There will also be a link where they can sign in to get more complete participant information.


    1. The meeting needs to be recorded in order for the host to receive this information.

    2. Customers may need to know how to turn off this feature. They can do so by removing the parameter %ParticipantsSummary% in the email template "Post-Meeting Host Content Notification".

Pre-Meeting Experience

Simplified Auto-Delete Meeting Logic

  • Meetings that haven’t yet been completed but have scheduled start and end times in the past will remain temporarily accessible and viewable by changing the date filters within the “Upcoming” tab.

  • All meetings listed beneath the “Upcoming” tab follow the new site administration retention settings.

For more information, see the Administration Experience and the Post-Meeting sections.

Pre-Assign Breakout Sessions

Modern View users can now set up meeting breakout sessions and pre-assign invitees to specific sessions while scheduling their meetings.

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

In-Meeting Experience

Animated In-Meeting Reactions

You can now express yourself non-verbally through in-meeting reactions. This is a great way to engage in a meeting without having to come off of mute.

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

All Participants Can See Raised Hands

Previously, only hosts or cohosts could see attendees who had their hands raised in a meeting. Now all meeting participants can see who in the meeting has their hand raised for better visibility and consistency

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

Host or Cohost Can Lower a Participant's Hand

As a meeting host or cohost, you can now lower the hand of a participant who has raised their hand. Simply hover over their raised hand in the Participants panel and click "Lower hand."

Customer Owned Number for Webex Edge Audio

For more information, see the Administration Experience section.

Hide Meeting Controls

In case you missed the Hide Meeting Controls feature that came in the 40.10.3 update, here’s how it works.

When you’re not presenting, you can now hide the bottom control bar in Webex Meetings and Webex Events by hovering over the control bar to reveal the Hide control bar button, or by going to the View menu at the top, and unchecking the Show Meeting Controls option. You can also use CTRL+SHIFT+Q to hide or show the controls.

Automatic Notification When Talking on Mute

Webex Meetings and Webex Events will now let you know if you're trying to speak while on mute. If you start to talk while your microphone is muted, Webex will automatically show you a notification so that you can unmute yourself to speak.

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

High Frame Rate Content Sharing in Breakout Sessions

You now have the options to Optimize for motion and video and Share computer audio in Webex Meetings breakout sessions.

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

Improved Experience when no Camera or Audio Device is Detected

We've improved the experience to let the user know if no camera is detected, and if no audio device is detected when using the computer for audio.

Show Attendee's Display Name for a Meeting Participant List

Allow users and administrators to edit the account's display name. The display name will be consistent between Webex Meeting and Webex Teams meetings.

For a better user experience,

  1. Update the previous name to be the display name for easy identification. The previous name is FirstName + LastName in most languages.

  2. If the customized display name is blank, keep using FirstName + LastName to maintain compatibility with the existing program behavior.


    This feature is Off by default and you will need to request for it to be 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.

Continue Live Streaming Even After a Crash

An improvement has been made to the Windows and Mac Meetings Apps that allows the live streaming to continue, even if the host's network disconnects from the meeting or the computer crashes, as long as there are still one or more participants in the meeting.

Media Enhancements

Enable Digital Automatic Gain Control (DAGC) for Webex Meetings

In this update, we’re delivering audio processing improvements for two scenarios related to microphone levels.

  • Low microphone volume that can occur with certain microphones. We’ll increase the audio level to make it easier to hear affected participants.

  • Lowering the microphone audio levels to prevent saturation and reduce the potential for echo.

These adjustments were made to our Digital Automatic Gain Control and are enabled automatically to detect and address these scenarios.

Improve Video Quality for Grid View

Grid view is now the default mode for Webex Meetings app layout. This feature is planned to dynamically balance bitrate and frame rate to improve the video quality in grid view.

Device Enhancements

Video Systems to Support Cohost Functionality

Users on video systems can now be designated as cohosts, further simplifying your overall meeting management experience. They can also assume the cohost role automatically based on how the host has setup the meeting. For example, first one to join the meeting becomes the cohost or allowing video systems from your own organization to start meetings without a PIN.

This feature is available both on SIP and cloud-registered video systems.

Just like in the clients, a cohost on a video system has access to the following capabilities:

  1. Admit people from the lobby*

    * This is to clarify that SIP hosts do not currently have ability to admit people from the lobby.

  2. Lock or unlock the meeting

  3. Mute and unmute individual participants *

  4. Mute and unmute all participants

  5. Toggle participant capability to unmute themselves

  6. Toggle mute on entry

  7. Remove participants from the meeting *

  8. End meeting *

* Available only on cloud registered Webex Rooms systems

Raise Hand Support on Video Systems

Users on video systems will now be able to raise and lower their hand in a meeting. This is especially important when the host has muted everyone and is allowing participants to unmute themselves. If a user has a comment to make, they can raise their hand to get the attention of the host.

On cloud-registered Webex room systems, the user can use the meeting control on the touch device or the screen to raise and lower hand.

On SIP video systems, DTMF-*3 is used as a toggle. Send *3 once to raise a hand and another time to lower hand.

As a host, users on video systems can also be notified when someone has raised their hand.

And finally, as a host, users on video systems can lower all hands. On cloud-registered Webex room systems, they can do that using native meeting controls. On SIP video systems, they can lower hands using DTMF-#3.


This feature will now be available on November 24, 2020.

Presenter Role can be Passed to Video System Users

There are meetings when the host would like to control who gets to present, by disabling the Anyone Can Share feature during the meeting and passing the presenter role to designated users.

Up until now, it wasn’t possible to make a video system user a presenter in this kind of a meeting. With this update, hosts will be able to pass the presenter role to users on video systems.


This feature is enabled in early October.

Post-Meeting Experience

Improve Empty Post Meeting for Highlights Tab in Webex Assistant

This feature is to improve the empty state in post meeting for the highlights tab. Currently, the page will be blank in some cases, if the meeting attendee doesn’t manually create highlights, use voice commands, or record the meeting.

Simplified Auto-Delete Meeting Logic

"Past" tab is re-worded to "Completed" under “my Webex meetings” and will continue to represent a list of meetings that were already started and completed.

For more information, see the Administration Experience and the Pre-Meeting sections.

Request for Post-Meeting Emails to Contain Details on Meeting Usage

After meetings end, hosts will now receive an updated post-meeting summary with a list of top participants who attended their meeting, along with the join time, join duration, and connection type. There will also be a link where they can sign in to get more complete participant information.

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

Administration Experience

Enable or Disable Webex Global Access Numbers and Dial-Back for Different Countries

With this update, the customer administrator will be able to Enable or Disable Webex dial-in phone numbers on a per country and toll type granularity. Once disabled in site administration, the disabled dial-in number would be excluded from invitation mails, meeting app, and meeting information page.

Additionally, the customer administrator will also have the capability to disable Webex Call back numbers on a per country basis. Once disable in site administration, the disabled call back country wouldn’t show up in the client for any meetings started after the dial back was disabled.

Customer administrators can access these setting in site administration under Common Site Settings > Audio Settings.

Disabling the PSTN access (call-in, or call-back) for countries that aren’t applicable for your business can not only provide you audio cost optimization but also prevent audio fraud in your meetings.


This feature will be enabled for all sites before November 15, 2020. The enablement schedule for this feature is different from the deployment schedule for the 40.11 update.

Customer Owned Number for Webex Edge Audio

This update to Webex Edge Audio now allows customers to bring their own numbers for use with Webex Meetings.

Webex Edge Audio customer administrators can now add any custom phone numbers for any country supported by Webex (except India). Webex Edge Audio currently supports 199 countries across the globe (see here). The phone label will be auto generated based on the country.

Site administrators can add the custom number(s) to the site from the Control Hub or Site Administration Portal. Once a number is added to the site, the number will be included in the invitation mails, meeting app, and meeting information page for the new meetings.

Users will also be to select the custom number as a preferred number.

Customer administrators can access these setting in site administration under Common Site Settings > Audio Settings.


This feature will be enabled for all Webex Edge Audio sites before November 15, 2020. The enablement schedule for this feature is different from the deployment schedule for the 40.11 update.

Simplified Auto-Delete Meeting Logic

Starting with this release, site administrators will have the ability to configure their automatic meeting deletion policy for non-recurring meetings. This site administrators setting will have defaulted to 90 days, and automatically apply to all customers. Existing scheduled meetings will immediately follow this new behavior once the 40.11 update is rolled out.

Classic View Changes: ​

  • Automatically delete session after it ends check box is removed from Webex Meetings, Trainings, and Events schedulers and moved into the site administration.

  • The site administration option to set the number of days retained (default 90 days) is added.

Modern View Meeting list changes: ​

  • "Past" tab is re-worded to "Completed" under “my Webex meetings” and will continue to represent a list of meetings that were already started and completed.

  • Meetings that have not yet been completed but have scheduled start and end times in the past remains temporarily accessible and viewable by changing the date filters within the “Upcoming” tab.

  • All meetings listed beneath the “Upcoming” tab will follow the new site administration retention settings.

What won’t be changed:

  • Recurring meeting retention logic isn’t changing.

  • Completed Meetings (meetings beneath the newly re-worded "Completed" tab) will continue to follow the existing Control Hub retention settings for Highlights and Recordings. ​

Show Attendee's Display Name for a Meeting Participant List

Allow users and administrators to edit the account's display name. The display name will be consistent between Webex Meeting and Webex Teams meetings.

For a better user experience,

  1. Update the previous name to be the display name for easy identification. The previous name is FirstName + LastName in most languages.

  2. If the customized display name is blank, keep using FirstName + LastName to maintain compatibility with the existing program behavior.

  3. It doesn’t use display name for some functions whose formal name would be better than using custom names such as audit log, reports, and a few email templates.


    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.

Updated Slow and Latest Channel Messaging on Site Upgrade Page

We’ve added tips to explain the difference between the latest channel and slow channel. We’ve also improved the UI so that when the site is upgraded to the latest slow channel version, the administrator can still see that the slow channel is selected by default when they go back to the upgrade page. The upgrade button will be disabled as it is already on the latest version.

Webex Meetings VDI

Webex Meetings VDI to Support HP ThinPro OS 7.x

With this update, Cisco Webex Meetings VDI support will be available for HP ThinPro OS 7.1 clients.

Webex Meetings VDI to Support eLux 6.9

With this update, Cco Webex Meetings VDI support will be available for eLux version 6.9.

Webex Meetings VDI Support Dell Wyse Thin Client OS 9.1 Beta on Citrix Environment

With this update, Cisco Webex Meetings VDI support will be available for Dell Wyse Thin Clients running version 9.1.

Dell Wyse Thin Client OS 9.1 is in Beta and is targeted for GA in December 2020.

Webex Meetings VDI to Support XenApp Desktop

For the customers that have deployed Virtual Desktop (XenApp) for their VDI environment, now their users can take advantage of the VDI improvements when they join their Webex Meetings from their Virtual Desktop.

Blur Background Support on Windows 10 Thin Client for Webex Meetings VDI

In this update, support for blur background will be available to VDI users who are running Windows 10 Thin Client to join their meetings.

Webex Meetings APIs

Ability to Select Default Launch Behavior in the Webex Meetings Desktop or Web App

Previously there was a m.php?AT=JM/HM API call that pushed users directly to a desktop app download. As per customer request, we've expanded its capability to allow integrations to choose whether to push users towards a web app or desktop app instead.

Here are the steps for a sample site:

https://example.webex.com/example/m.php?AT=JM&MK=xxxxxx (Desktop URL)

https://example.webex.com/example/m.php?AT=JM&MK=xxxxxx&launchApp=true (Web app URL)

Webex Meetings for iOS and Android

Notify Host Button Available in the Mobile Personal Room Meeting Lobby

Webex Meetings mobile app attendees waiting in the Personal Room meeting lobby will now be able to tap a button to notify the host that they are waiting, similar to desktop app users.

Android

iOS

Modern View Mobile Page Redesign

Mobile users who navigate directly to their site (for example, company.webex.com) from a mobile browser will now see a modernized experience. As part of this experience, we’re offering a new sign in flow to give users access to their personal meeting list. Users will continue to have access to their old functionality, including public meeting lists.

Old View

New View

Webex Meetings for iOS

iOS 14 Widget Support

Mobile iOS 14 OS users will now be able to use a Webex Meetings widget on their iPhone or iPad app screens. The user experience will match the experience of our previous home screen widget.

iPhone 12 Official Support

Apple's new iPhone 12 devices will be officially supported in this update.

Shake the Phone in the Meeting to Improve your Meeting

Smart meeting audio adjustment - While in a meeting, iOS users can now shake their phones to attempt to improve their audio quality conditions. In this release, shaking your phone while you’re on VoIP internet audio will automatically switch you to PSTN audio (but not the other way round).

Support to Edit Profile Name and Password

Similar to Android, iOS users can now edit their names and password directly from their app.

Webex Meetings for Android

Official Android R Support

Starting with the 40.10 update, we officially support devices running the new Android R operating system.

High Frame Rate Content Sharing Breakout Sessions for Android Devices

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

Breakout Session Improvements

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

"Tell a Friend" Share Support

Android users can now easily share a link to the Webex Meetings app store downloads, directly from their in-app help section.

Improved Audio Switching

We’re improving the transition between VoIP audio and PSTN audio. Users will experience reduced time for switching between audio, and audio prompts will be removed during the transition.

Redesign of Pre- and Post-Meeting Guest View and Host View

In this update, similar to iOS, Android users will see a redesigned pre- and post-meeting navigation experience in their mobile meeting app. The bottom pagination will become tabs with clear references to Home, Meetings, and Recordings. In addition to swiping, mobile app users can tap directly on the desired tab to get to the screen that they want.

October 2020 (40.10.8)

Raise Hand Support on Video Systems

Users on video systems will now be able to raise and lower their hand in a meeting. This is especially important when the host has muted everyone and is allowing participants to unmute themselves. If a user has a comment to make, they can raise their hand to get the attention of the host.

On cloud-registered Webex room systems, the user can use the meeting control on the touch device or the screen to raise and lower hand.

On SIP video systems, DTMF-*3 isn’t used as a toggle. Send *3 once to raise a hand and another time to lower hand.

As a host, users on video systems can also be notified when someone has raised their hand.

And finally, as a host, users on video systems can lower all hands. On cloud-registered Webex room systems, they can do that using native meeting controls. On SIP video systems, they can lower hands using DTMF-#3.

Host or Cohost Can Lower a Participant's Hand

As a meeting host or cohost, you can now lower the hand of a participant who has raised their hand. Simply hover over their raised hand in the Participants panel and click "Lower hand."

Hosts Can Raise Hand

As host, I can now raise my hand in a meeting, aligning to the experience when joining from a device.

October 2020 (40.10.3)

Hide the Control Bar

When not in presenter mode, you can now hide the bottom control bar in Meetings and Events by mousing over the control bar to reveal the "Hide control bar" button, or by going to the View menu at the top, and unchecking the "Show Meeting Controls" option. You can also use CTRL+SHIFT+Q to hide/show the controls.

October 2020 (40.10)

Announcements

The WBS40.10 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Cisco Webex Meetings Enhancements

Introducing the Dark Theme

You can now choose whether you want to view the meeting window in the standard Light Theme or the new Dark Theme, available from the View menu.

Reduce eye strain by choosing a theme that works best with your lighting conditions.

Remove Background Noise from Meetings and Events


This feature became available after the initial 40.10 features were communicated.

Continue collaborating without noisy background disruptions. When the Remove background noise setting is turned on, your desktop app will remove your barking dog or home improvement project noise, while enhancing your voice.

See how to remove background noise here.

New Advanced Video Settings

An "Advanced Video Settings" area is now available below the Camera tab of the desktop app for Windows and Mac.

We’ve added three new advanced settings to the desktop app.

  • Hardware acceleration for video (Windows only) - This setting reduces the load on the main system processor when possible by off-loading video processing to dedicated hardware when available.

  • Automatic adjustment of camera brightness (Windows and Mac) - This setting is used to enable or disable automatic camera brightness adjustments. This option improves the visibility of content captured by the camera.

  • Video capture (Windows only) - This setting allows for the selection of the Microsoft Framework to be used for camera capture. By default, Auto selects the fastest framework available, but it can be overridden to address any compatibility issues with the system camera.

Windows desktop app:

Mac desktop app:

Enhanced Mute Controls and Audio Privacy

  • Easy to find Mute All and Unmute All Buttons

    The Mute all and Unmute all buttons are easier to find, right at the bottom of the Participants panel.

  • Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves

    In meetings, by default, when you mute another participant directly through Mute all or Mute on Entry, those participants can manually unmute themselves. While this is great for smaller, more conversational meetings, larger meetings and classrooms may require more moderation for when attendees are allowed to unmute.

    In this update, hosts, and cohosts can now choose whether or not participants are allowed to unmute themselves. When this setting is unchecked, participants’ Unmute buttons will be disabled.

  • Mute All with Mute on Entry

    When you click Mute all, it will also turn on Mute on Entry by default, to make sure that anyone joining the meeting late will also be muted from that point forward. Similarly, when you click Unmute all, it will automatically turn off Mute on Entry. This makes for a much more intuitive experience when managing mute in your meetings. You can still choose to turn on or off Mute on Entry independently.

  • Unmute and Audio Privacy

    Now, when a host or cohost unmutes a participant, that participant will be given a prompt to unmute, instead of being unmuted directly. This helps to prevent meeting distractions or catching others by surprise if they weren't expecting to be unmuted.

    Enhancements for Phone-Only Participants

    • We’ve enhanced phone audio prompts to indicate a mute or unmute status (“You’re Muted or Unmuted”) as opposed to non-intuitive beeps.

    • Now a PSTN host will have the ability to mute all participants on entry by pressing #6. This is a toggle and can be pressed again to turn off Mute on Entry.

    • Attendee privacy is retained by changing unmute all (99) functionality to a request to unmute, instead of unmuting directly.

      Limitation: A phone-only host won’t have the ability to prevent participants from unmuting themselves.

    Enhancements for On-premises Registered Video System Users

    • Improved Mute All and Unmute All Behavior for Hosts

      When hosts mute all participants using DTMF-##, Mute on Entry will be enabled by default. Conversely, requesting unmute all using DTMF-99 will disable Mute on Entry.

      In addition, unmute all has been modified to only request an unmute instead of actually unmuting a participant's line.

    • Mute on Entry Control for Hosts

      Hosts can now toggle Mute on Entry using DTMF-#6.

    • Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves

      Hosts can now toggle allowing participants to unmute themselves using DTMF-#7.

    • Raise and Lower Hand Capability for Participants

      When a host doesn’t allow participants to unmute, and a participant wants to get the host's attention, users on video systems will now be able to use DTMF-*3 to raise or lower their hand.

    • General Reminder for Mute Behavior on On-premises Registered Video Systems

      Meeting level mute behavior is independent of a user's physical mute button state on their device. Therefore, if user has self-muted on their device using the physical mute button, and has also been muted by the host, when they want to talk, they will have to remember to unmute on their device and also unmute their line in the meeting using DTMF-*6. Or similarly, if the host had muted all users and then has now allowed users to unmute, on-premises video system users will need to use DTMF-*6 to unmute their line.

      For a full list of DTMF commands and their descriptions, see DTMF Commands for Video Device-Enabled Cisco Webex Meetings.

1080 High Quality Video for On-Premises Registered Webex Video Systems

Your Webex meeting experience just got better when experienced on Webex video systems. Starting with the October update, users joining Webex meetings on an on-premises registered Webex Room System, a Webex Board, or a Webex Desk Pro can now enjoy high quality 1080p video at 4 Mbps for a much better experience.

These same video systems, when cloud registered, continue to enjoy 1080p video as before.


This upate will increase the maximum bandwidth used by these video systems from 2.5 Mbps to 4 Mbps to achieve higher quality. You may configure your video systems to use lower bandwidth if your environment doesn’t have sufficient bandwidth.

Video Thumbnail Improvements

  • For users who don’t have video turned on and who don’t have a profile picture, we’ll now display their name in the video window (instead of their initials), for a more intuitive experience.

  • We’ve condensed the interaction buttons when hovering over a user's video into a single menu.

  • We’ve updated the video window in floating view to make it easier to switch between layouts and interact with the video thumbnails.

Allow All Users to Be Cohosts

In the meeting scheduler and Personal Room preferences, you now have a new option: Allow all users with a host account on this site to be cohosts for this meeting. This is a handy option to entrust cohost privileges to anyone joining from your site, instead of having to specify hosts by name, or limiting it to only the first person to join.

Allow Video Devices to Start and Join Meetings

There’s now a separate setting in the scheduler and Personal Room preferences for authenticated Cisco video devices in your organization to start and join meetings. There’s now a separate setting in the scheduler and Personal Room preferences for authenticated video systems in your organization to start and join meetings.

Improved Cohost Dialog and Notification

We’ve updated the Leave Meeting dialog for cohosts, to prevent them from accidentally ending the meeting for all users.

We’ve also updated the notification when the user is promoted to cohost to be consistent with the experience when being promoted to host.

Dynamic Data Collection of the Meetings App

Starting with this update, we will be collecting some additional meetings usage data for internal use only. By collecting this usage data, we expect to provide better metrics and higher quality service in future updates:

The data collected will include:

  • Page function access and button clicks

  • OS and browser versions

  • Page load time

  • Error messages from page access

We won’t collect personal or security-related information, such as emails, names, and login credentials. Per our data privacy and security collection policies, we’ll also never distribute this information for marketing or advertising purposes. You can also opt out of this data usage collection at any time.

25 Video Systems Displayed in Meetings Desktop Grid View

In this update, users will be able to see the video from all 25 video system users in the 5x5 Grid view layout.

In previous updates, users would only be able to see the six most recent video system users' video. The rest would be represented with their profile pictures.


On the second or later page in Grid view, if there are more than 25 video system users in a meeting, they will still be represented by their profile pictures.


This feature will be available on an independent release cycle and will be available on your site between September 20 and October 7, 2020.

25 Videos Displayed in Grid View on SIP and H.323 Video Systems

With this update, users on SIP and H.323 based video systems will be able to see up 25 people in Grid view in a 5x5 layout. This is an increase from the current 4x4 layout where users can see up to 16 participant videos.

Enhanced Mute Controls and Audio Privacy on Video Devices

Improved Mute All and Unmute All Behavior

In alignment with updates to the mute behavior in the Meetings app, hosts on on-premises registered video systems will now be able to better control their meeting.

Webex Meetings Recordings in MP4 Format

With this update, all new Webex Meetings cloud and local recordings will be made in MP4 format, with a video-centric experience. By standardizing the recording format, you'll have a wider choice of playback tools, better security, and an easier collaboration experience even after your meetings. Existing ARF recordings in Meetings can still be playback and downloaded. ARF and WRF formats will no longer be created in Webex Meetings. This change doesn’t apply to Webex Events, Trainings, and Support


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.

Automatically Enable Webex Assistant

Users can set Webex Assistant for Webex Meetings to automatically turn on whenever they start a meeting by going to Preferences > Scheduling > Webex Assistant. If the site administrator hasn’t chosen to start Webex Assistant by default, the user can override the site setting with this option. When unchecked, Webex Assistant won’t start automatically, but can still be turned on during the meeting. This option applies to both scheduled Webex meetings and Personal Room meetings.


It was initially communicated that this feature would be available on a delayed release cycle. However, it is available now.

Post Meeting Recap Email Enhancements

Additional text in the post meeting email is now added in gray to educate users on how to share all of the meeting content with others. This new template applies only to scheduled and Personal Room meetings on Webex Meetings and Webex Teams.

The old email template still applies for Webex Training and Webex Events, where Webex Assistant for Webex Meetings isn’t available.

Emails received by the host:

This new email will be received by the host if recording is On and Webex Assistant is either On or Off.

This new email will be received by the host if the recording is Off and Webex Assistant is On.

No email will be received by the host if recording is Off and Webex Assistant is Off because no meeting content is generated.

Emails received by the attendee when host shares all meeting content:

When the host shares all meeting content from the meeting detail page on the web, this new email will be received by the attendee if recording is On and Webex Assistant is either On or Off.

When the host shares all meeting content from the meeting detail page on the web, this new email will be received by the attendee if recording is Off and the Webex Assistant is On.

When the host shares only the recording from the recording detail page on the web, then the attendee will receive the old email template.


It was initially communicated that this feature will be available on a delayed release cycle. However, it is available now.

Show Highlight Label in Past Meetings Listing Page

In the Past meetings list, the "Highlights" label is now added for meetings that have highlights, similar to the "Transcript" and "Recording" labels. Highlights are available with Webex Assistant for Webex Meetings.


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.

Cisco Webex Page Enhancements

Additional Mute Controls in Meetings Scheduler

Modern View users will now be able to preset their mute settings from the meeting scheduler.


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

Modern View improvements

Modern View user will now be able to enter up to 64 characters into their scheduler template name.

Cisco Webex Control Hub and Cisco Webex Site Administration

Download and Export User Attributes CSV File in Control Hub-Managed Sites

The feature can help administrators exporting a corresponding user attributes CSV report. In the current implementation, Control Hub always shows the most recent CSV export, which could be different from the one requested by other administrators.

Now, the administrators can see a notification and click the download link to download the CSV report directly corresponding to the request.

Export Active Users from Control Hub

Site administrators in Control Hub can now export only the active users on a site. This streamlines user management for companies that have a many inactive users and they only want to manage the active users. This functionality is already available from Webex Site Administration.

Site Administrator Can Prevent Android Screen Captures

Site Administrators can now determine whether screen captures can be taken while signed in or attending a meeting on their site using the Webex Meetings mobile app for Android.


This doesn’t block the Android user from taking screenshots of device screens while multi-tasking outside of the Webex Meetings app.

Recording Retention Settings Notification

This feature introduces a new notification in the Site Information page to inform administrators of the current recording retention settings.

Cisco Webex Meetings APIs

Meetings and Recordings RESTful APIs

We’re adding new abilities to the Meetings RESTful APIs to support administrative operations. Webex site administrators will have a new administrator level scope which can be granted to integration applications to perform the following actions on behalf of all the users in the organization:

  • Create, retrieve, update, and delete meetings

  • Retrieve, manage, or delete recordings

Visit developer.webex.com for more information.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.10 for iOS and Android

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

Grid View Support for up to 5x5 (landscape) and 3x7 (portrait)

Meetings mobile app users will now be able to experience 5x5 grid view (landscape mode) and 3x7 grid view (portrait mode) on their tablets, including iPads and Chromebooks!

Leave Meeting While in Audio-Only Mode

Meetings mobile app users will now be able to leave the meeting directly from their mobile Audio-Only mode screen, instead of having to exit out of Audio-Only mode first.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.10 for iOS

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

Practice Sessions for Panelist in Webex Events

iOS Meetings mobile app users will now be able to participate in a Webex Events practice session directly from their mobile app.

Redesign of Pre- and Post-Meeting Guest View and Host View

In this update, iOS users will see a redesigned pre- and post-meeting navigation experience in their mobile meeting app. The bottom pagination becomes tabs with clear references to Home, Meetings, and Recordings. In addition to swiping, mobile app users can tap directly on the desired tab to get to the screen that they want.

Apple Watch Series 5 in Non-Standalone Mode Support

This is the official update for supporting Apple Watch Series 5 in non-standalone mode.

Continue Sending Video While in Split-Screen Mode

When iOS users go into split screen mode to multitask while still in a Webex meeting, one of those screens will now support the continuation of sending and receiving video in the Webex meeting.

Official Support for Apple Pencil iOS 14

iOS users can now officially use their Apple Pencil to annotate on content directly from the iOS device, while in a Webex meeting.

Support for Mirror Self-Video

Mobile app users can now mirror their self-video, including their virtual backgrounds, similar to desktop app users.

Microsoft Intune Native SDK Support

We are announcing official iOS mobile app support for the Microsoft Intune SDK. To access these capabilities, users must sign up for our MDM community to directly access to our Webex Meetings app for Microsoft Intune.

For more information, see​ Use Mobile Device Management to Configure Cisco Webex Meetings​.

Next, reach out to this mailer for additional instructions: ​webex-mobility-ios-support@cisco.com.

Additional Reactions Available in Webex Events, and Training

iPad users will have access to additional "reaction" icons while in a meeting, event, or training. These reactions will get displayed to the other hosts and attendees in the meeting.

Custom Virtual Background Disabled

If customer sites had disabled their picture uploads previously, then iOS users would have their custom virtual background selection disabled. However, they were still able to continue to use their blur backgrounds. Starting with the 40.10 update, we will be aligning with the rest of the platforms and disable blur background support if virtual backgrounds is disabled in general.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.10 for Android

Share Audio and Video at 30 FPS in Android Smartphones and Tablets

Android users will now be able to share and optimize for 30 FPS video streams on their smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks. They will also be able to select to share the audio as well, similar to desktop app users.

Webex Events Post-Session Survey Support

Android attendees are now able to participate in post-session surveys after events are completed, similar to desktop app users.

Host Support for "Anyone Can Share”

Android hosts can turn on or off the new “anyone can share” option when in a meeting.

Dual camera support

Android users will now be able to use Dual Camera support to view the area in front of them using the back camera, while they remain on self-video using their front camera.

Show the Full Name of the Participant in the Chat Window

Android users will now be able to see the full participant name in the Chat window for the people that they're chatting with.

New Muted Indicator

Android users will now see a helpful indicator that they’re muted if they attempt to speak while muted.

High CPU Warning for Virtual Background

Android users will receive a proactive warning and a suggestion to turn off virtual backgrounds if experiencing high CPU usage. The warning may appear when using virtual backgrounds along with other running applications, resulting in high CPU usage that might impact meeting quality.

Control Hub-Managed Site Support for Alexa Voice Commands

Control Hub-managed site users can leverage Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Show devices to perform their Alexa voice commands, including listing meetings and playing back recordings.

Profile Picture Upload for Control Hub-Enabled Sites

Control Hub-enabled site users can directly upload their profile pictures from their Android meeting apps.

Join and Switch Between Breakout Sessions

Previously Android attendees were unable to join new breakout sessions that had been dynamically created and assigned by the desktop host within the meeting. With this update, it is possible for Android attendees to switch between these newly created sessions.

Official Android R Support

This is our official update to support the new Android R operating system, across all Android devices.


This feature was made available in the 40.10 update but after the communication was sent out.

September 2020 (40.9.3)

Prevent “Auto Accept All Requests” for Remote Control

While sharing, the presenter can automatically accept user requests for keyboard and mouse control. We’ve added an option so site administrators can choose to prevent automatic acceptance of these remote control requests. When unchecked, the presenter will have to manually pass control to users.

For more information on how to prevent Auto Accept All Requests see, Manage Content Sharing Security on Your Webex Site.

September 2020 (40.9)

Announcements

The WBS40.9 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite.

Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events Enhancements

Updated Controls in Meetings and Events

We're introducing an all-new in-meeting user experience, making it much more intuitive and easier to use.

  • Optimized Audio and Video Preview

    The larger, optimized Audio/Video Preview window makes it easier to look your best and find the settings you need before joining a meeting.

  • Clear and Easy-to-find Meeting Controls

    Meeting controls are now clearly labeled and located at the bottom of your meeting window, which means you’ll always have them in sight, but without them covering up shared content or video.

  • Contextual Option Menus

    Audio settings and camera settings can now be conveniently accessed in the menus at the right of their respective mute and camera buttons.

  • Consolidated Panel Controls

    Panel controls (like Participants, Chat, and Q&A) can be found towards the right, where the panel opens.

    For more information on how the new in-meeting experience compares to the previous experience, see Explore the 40.9 In-Meeting Experience.

Additional Virtual Background Preset Images

We've added more virtual background images to choose from in your Meetings and Events. The total number of available images has been increased from three to nine.

Virtual Background Support on Dual-Core Macs

The virtual background feature is now supported on Macs with dual-core processors.

“Meeting Ended" Enhancements

When meetings end, participants will now see the "meeting ended" dialog close automatically after a few seconds, if the user doesn’t dismiss it directly.

Cisco Webex Meetings Enhancements

Video Breakout Sessions in Webex Meetings

Breakout sessions allow you to place your meeting participants into smaller groups to collaborate and share ideas. This is great for workshops, classrooms, or for when you just need a moment to talk privately with a few others, outside of the main session.

Breakout sessions are easy to create and manage. You can even have participants assigned automatically. Inside of the breakout session is like being in a smaller meeting, complete with audio and video where participants can collaborate and share content, or even ask the host for help from the main session. The host can bring everyone back into the main session at any time or after a scheduled time limit.

For customers familiar with the breakout sessions feature in Webex Training, we're excited for you to see how much more the Webex Meetings platform has to offer!

For more on the exciting training capabilities we’re bringing to meetings, see Explore Training Capabilities in Webex Meetings and Webex Meetings Breakout Sessions.


Breakout Sessions will be available on your site by the end of September.

In-Meeting Cohost Role

As a meeting host, you can now assign other meeting participants as cohosts. Cohosts share your host-level privileges like muting and unmuting other participants, moving participants to or admitting participants from the lobby, and more!

Cohost is the evolution of the previous alternate host role. The "alternate host" setting has been renamed to "cohost" so that "only the first cohost with a host license can start the meeting. Everyone who previously had set their meetings and personal rooms to "anyone can host" will be automatically transferred to this new setting.

You can also assign cohosts on the fly, directly in-meeting, by simply right-clicking the participant and changing their role to Cohost.

You can have as many cohosts in a meeting as you wish.


Webex Meetings Mobile App Behavior

The mobile app will also support the cohost role. However, since hosts currently have more functionality available on the desktop app than the mobile app, some of the detailed cohost functionality also won’t be available to mobile cohosts (for example, sending email reminders).


The In-Meeting Cohost Role will be available on your site by the end of September.

Receiver Side Super-Resolution on Windows

When the meeting application receives 360p or lower resolution video due to sub-optimal network conditions, the app enhances the video as part of the decoding process. This provides a much clearer video image when it’s displayed to the user. Here is a side-by-side comparison of a before and after capture of the same source video. This feature was added for Mac users in the 40.7 update. This update adds this functionality for Windows users.

Retiring Support for Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7


Update - Extending Support for Windows 7

With the September 2020 (40.9) update, we announced the end of support for the Windows 7 operating system. We will now continue Windows 7 support on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge through June 2021. Cisco will continue to provide bug fixes and updates for Windows 7 wherever possible.

For Windows 7 customers who use Internet Explorer, Cisco will support Internet Explorer 11 until Microsoft declares its end of life. To have the best meeting experience possible, plan to upgrade your operating system and browser to the latest versions.

In this release, we’ll be officially retiring Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7 support for Webex Meetings. While users on these platforms won’t be prevented from joining or starting meetings, Cisco will no longer provide bug fixes or updates for this operating system and browser going forward.

Control Meeting Volume from Paired Cloud Video Device

When you join a Webex meeting paired to a cloud video device, you can control its volume from within the meeting.

Connect to Devices from Webex Meetings

Webex Teams users joining meetings on a Mac can now search for and connect to a nearby video device from the Webex Meetings Preview window, if not already connected from Webex Teams. Once the device is connected and the user clicks Join Meeting, the meeting opens on the device automatically.

Webex Meetings Lobby Improvements

We’ve made significant improvements to the meeting lobby experience and made it consistent across Webex scheduled meetings and Personal Room meetings. Below are specific areas of improvement for end users and administrators.

  • Centralized Meeting Lobby Settings for Administrators

    Administrators can now manage their meeting lobby and security settings in a centralized place under Security Options. As part of this change, the previous Personal Room Security section has been moved here from the general Personal Room settings.

  • Simplified Lobby Settings

    We’ve simplified how we describe the behavior for guest users when joining meetings. We’ve also clarified that signed-in users in your organization can always join unlocked meetings without having to wait in the lobby.

  • Unauthenticated User Exception Removed

    We’ve removed the exception where unauthenticated users who have logged into their accounts in the last two weeks could bypass the lobby. As a result, all users must now be signed in on their Webex application or on their Webex site to join meetings in their organization without having to wait in the lobby. If they don't sign in, and either the Guests wait in the lobby until the host admits them or the Guests can't join option is selected, they won’t be able to join the meeting directly or will be blocked from joining.

    This encourages users to always sign in on their app or site for a seamless join experience. And you’ll be able to positively identify your users and keep unwanted participants from disrupting your meetings.

  • Meeting Lobby for Scheduled Meetings

    You’ll now have access to a meeting lobby for scheduled Webex meetings, just like for Personal Room meetings. Previously, if a meeting was locked, all users were blocked from joining a meeting. With this update, we’re aligning the experience with Personal Rooms, where users will be able to wait in a meeting lobby when the meeting is locked.

    In addition, when you schedule a meeting, you’ll be able to choose one of the three options to define the behavior for external attendees joining the meeting:

    • Can join the meeting

    • Can join the meeting only if I let them in

    • Can't join the meeting


    The previous setting Require attendees to have an account on this site in order to join this meeting is now replaced with the join options described above. The previous setting maps to the new setting ‘Can't join the meeting’.

    Hosts can admit users from the lobby in the same way that they do for Personal Room meetings today. Users in the host's own organization and external users are clearly indicated.

    The default setting is Can join the meeting, but this can be changed by the site administrator as the new default for users.

  • Automatic Lock for Webex Meetings

    We’re aligning the experience for Webex scheduled and Personal Room meetings for automatic lock behavior. Administrators can now set a meeting to automatically lock after a configurable amount of time for a disruption-free meeting experience.

    Users can configure this setting on a per-meeting basis when they’re scheduling their meeting.

    This setting is off by default, can be enabled by the administrator as the new default for users, and can be locked by the administrator to prevent users from changing the setting.

  • Disable Lobby for All Meetings

    Administrators can now define whether users can wait in a lobby when the meeting is locked. Previously, there were two behaviors: 1) attendees were blocked from joining a Webex meeting, and 2) attendees would wait in a Personal Room lobby.

    With this change, we’re simplifying the overall experience by aligning with Personal Room meeting behavior. Now every meeting gets a locked meeting lobby by default. However, administrators can change this setting for both Webex scheduled and Personal Room meetings under the Security Options section.

  • Automatically Remove Participants from Lobby After Timeout

    Nobody wants to wait in the lobby forever. To keep distractions to a minimum and to allow people to do more with their time, we’ll automatically remove attendees from the meeting lobby after 30 minutes of inactivity by default. Administrators can configure the timeout to one of the following values: 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 minutes.

    A configurable Lobby timeout will also help avoid PSTN call charges while waiting in a lobby.

  • Changes for Phone-only Users

    • Going forward, phone-only participants will also be placed in a lobby when applicable, based on meeting security settings for both Personal Room and Scheduled Webex meetings. Earlier phone-only participants were unable to join a lobby. Also, this means during a meeting, the host/co-host can now also move a phone-only participant out to the lobby.

    • A phone-only host can now be notified of participants waiting in the lobby. They can auto-admit either all participants or only signed-in participants (based on meeting security settings) by unlocking the meeting.


      This notification to a phone-only host feature was announced with the September 2020 (40.9) update, but instead will be available in a later update.

    • An Authenticated Audio caller will now appear with their name (not as ‘Call-in User X’), so the host can better identify and choose to admit participants.


      If Display Caller ID is enabled and the caller ID is available, a non-authenticated audio caller's display name has been changed from Call-in UserX (nnnnnnXXXX) to nnnXXXXXnn (where n is shown, X is masked).

      This feature was announced with the September 2020 (40.9) update, but a change has been made to the Display Caller ID format.

    • For tighter security, when unauthenticated Audio callers join meetings that require sign-in, they’ll be placed in the lobby for the host to admit.

    • Configurable Lobby timeout has been implemented to avoid PSTN call charges from waiting indefinitely in a lobby.


Lobby Improvements will be available on your site by the end of September.

Cisco Webex Meetings, Events, Training, and Support Enhancements

New Set of PSTN Numbers

In this update, to enhance the Audio services in Cisco Webex we’re adding a list that will support the provisioning of new call-in access numbers. These new numbers will appear in the Webex client and in the global call-in list. The countries that are being supported in this update are, Australia, Belize, Brunei, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, India, Malta, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, United States, and Portland Oregon Toll Number.

Cisco Webex Page Enhancements

Grid Layout for Cloud Recordings

With the grid layout becoming the default experience in Webex Meetings, meeting recordings will default to the grid layout in this update for new and existing Webex hosts. This applies to both Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

This change applies to video-centric MP4 recordings only.

Grid layout recording UI:

In addition, hosts now have the flexibility to select a recording layout combination for when the meeting has and doesn’t have shared content. If a host set the Recording layout preference as "Content-only view" prior to 40.9, his or her preferences will stay the same.

User Preference UI:

The site administrator can also select the recording default layout for new users in the Webex Site Administration and Webex Control Hub.

If a site has set recording default layout as "Content-only view" prior to the 40.9 update, this setting stays the same.

Control Hub Site Default Recording Layout Settings UI:


Grid View for Recordings will be available on your site by the end of September.

Participant Content Sharing

Hosts can now allow the participants to share their screen during scheduled meetings or Personal Rooms meetings.

My Contacts and Company Address Book

Modern View users will now have easy access to their contact distribution list and company address directly from their scheduler. Saved contacts will automatically be available` when they search or fill in invitees.

Guest View Access Enhancements

Signed-out users navigating directly into their Modern View Webex site to join a meeting will have access to a self-help panel in the right corner.

Upload Recordings and Disable Recording Downloads Support

Modern View users will now have access to the upload recording functionality directly from the Recordings page.


The “I will provide URL” and “Use a file that is already on the Webex network” are no longer supported for adding a recording in Modern View. When playback an uploaded recording, playback speed adjustment, edit playback range and transcription aren’t supported.

Modern View users will also be able to enable or disable a "prevent recording download" option from their Modern View Recordings page.

Scheduler Support for Editing Templates

Modern View users will now be able to edit their templates directly from their scheduler preferences so that the scheduled meeting from the Webex desktop app, mobile app, and Webex Site will use the default meeting template. If a personal meeting templates isn’t selected, then the site default template will be used.

Prompt to Send out Email Updates After Scheduling a Meeting

In Modern View, hosts are now prompted to send out an email update after editing a scheduled Webex meeting.

Classic View Deprecation of Meetings

Starting with the September 2020 (40.9) update, we will be deprecating all Webex Meetings capabilities from Classic View. Customers will continue to have access to the Webex Events and Webex Training capabilities. However, they will no longer be able to access their Webex Meetings-specific functions through the Classic View interface. See details for What's Supported in Modern View.

Cisco Webex Control Hub and Cisco Webex Site Administration

Prevent AI Robots from Attending a Meeting

Site administrators can now prevent AI transcription robots from joining a meeting. Initially, the robot with Gong.io email addresses can be blocked, and others may be added by request.

Customize Left Nav Links Support

Site Administrators can now add and edit up to three additional custom links to their left navigation bar, in case they want to make available their own support content.

Cisco Webex Meetings APIs

Updates to Webex Meetings RESTful APIs

We’re adding new post-meeting capabilities to the Meetings RESTful APIs.

You’re now able to add query parameters to the meetings endpoint that allows you to return meetings with specific states.


The post-meeting capabilities can be applied to meeting series as well.

These enhancements allow for greater control in workflows that deal with listing meetings, in this case specifically meetings that have already happened.

The recordings endpoint DTO now includes the meetingId, allowing you easily correlate recordings with their associated meeting.

Visit developer.webex.com for more information.

Cisco Webex Meetings for Microsoft Teams

Upcoming Meeting Reminder

Meeting hosts in Microsoft Teams, for any scheduled Personal Room meeting or regularly scheduled meeting that they host in a channel, will now have the following capabilities:

  • For meetings that will start within 15 minutes, they will see a Reminder button next to the Start button in the Webex Channel Tab Meeting List.

Meeting invitees in a Microsoft Teams channel, for any scheduled Personal Room meeting or regularly scheduled meeting, will see the following notification:

  • When the host sends a reminder for a meeting that will start within 15 minutes, they will see a notification in the channel, and they will be able to join the meeting by clicking the ‘Join Meeting’ button.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.9 for iOS and Android

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

Virtual Background Controls

With the September 2020 (40.9) update, site administration options to allow virtual backgrounds and allow custom backgrounds will now apply to the Webex Meetings mobile app.

Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest Hub Device support

Users of Amazon Echo Show or Google Home Hub Smart Display devices will now be able to use Webex Meetings on these devices.

Amazon Echo Show devices will be able to display meeting and recording lists, as well as and play back recordings.

Google Nest Hub devices will be able to display meeting and recording lists, play back recordings, and schedule meetings.

Click Use Voice Commands on Your Mobile Device for more details on Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest Hub Devices.

Breakout Sessions in Meetings

Mobile app users can now attend breakout sessions in their Webex meetings, similar to desktop app users. In addition, iPad users will be able to use the host functionality while in the meeting, similar to desktop app users.

Known limitation: Android devices and iPhones will support only attendee capabilities in this update, not host capabilities.


Host support for iOS mobile and Android devices will be added in a future update.

Locked Lobby Support for Scheduled Webex Meetings

Mobile hosts can now lock a scheduled Webex meeting while in a meeting, similar to the Personal Room locking support. The mobile attendee experience will also have a new pre-meeting lobby experience, similar to Personal Rooms.

Facebook Portal support

Facebook Portal users will now be able to leverage their Webex Meetings app directly from all Facebook Portal devices! The experience will match what currently exists in the Android app. More details to follow.

Support Scheduled Personal Room Meetings Retrieved from the Webex Server APIs

Independent of calendar scraping and Microsoft Office 365 API calls, mobile users can now view scheduled Personal Room meetings from their in-app meeting list. If the user has configured the meeting list to retrieve meetings from the Webex backend, they receive scheduled Personal Room meetings, like with Modern View pages. This method allows users to receive scheduled Personal Room meetings without relying on third-party sources.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.9 for iOS

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

Additional Virtual Background Preset Images

iOS mobile users will have more virtual background images to choose from in your meetings. You can now view three images on your iPhone and six images on your iPad.

iPhone

iPad

Participant List View Permissions Alignment/Optimization

iOS mobile hosts will no longer tie panelist disablement and video disablement together with one setting. Instead it will align with the desktop and Android app and disable the Participants list only, and always keep video turned on.

Desktop app hosts currently can’t disable video, so iOS aligns with that behavior.

iOS screen sharing and High FPS behavior will also now be similarly aligned with the desktop and Android apps. If the Webex site has them disabled, then iOS will also be disabled.

Official Support for iOS 14

The new iOS 14 operating system will officially be supported in this update.

Event Post-Session Survey Support

iPhone Webex Events attendees are now able to participate in post-session surveys after events are completed, just like desktop app attendees.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.9 for Android

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

Microsoft Intune Native SDK Support

We’re announcing official Android mobile app support for the Microsoft Intune SDK. To access these capabilities, customers must sign up for our MDM community to direct access to our Webex Meetings app for Microsoft Intune.

If your customer is a Microsoft Intune user and needs access to the SDK, see Use Mobile Device Management to Configure Cisco Webex Meetings.

Next, reach out to this mailer for additional instructions: webex-android-support@cisco.com.

Meeting Controls and Overflow Menu Alignment

Android mobile users will see their meeting controls updated to match the same style as the desktop app, which is also redesigned with this same update. This includes a new unmuted state icon with no slash through it and animation when the device user is speaking.

Profile Name and Password Update Support

It’s now easier for Android mobile users to update their signed-in profile name and password directly from their app. Editing your name is available for all Webex sites. Editing your password is only available for Webex sites managed in Webex Site Administration at this time.

Android Personal Room Meeting End and Leave Alignment

Android mobile users will now experience the same Personal Room meeting end and leave meeting behavior as in iOS mobile and Desktop app. Previously, Android mobile users could only end the meeting in Personal Room meeting, without reassigning the host role to others.

August 2020 (40.8)

Announcements

The WBS40.8 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite .

Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App Enhancements

Mac User Password Enhancements – Upgrade without Admin Password

Previously, the Mac standard user needed to input the admin username/password to upgrade their Webex desktop app (pre-meeting); now they can upgrade it without inputting the admin username or password.


This feature exclusively works for the 40.8 and later versions only.

Video Layout Enhancements for the Desktop App

We've made some exciting improvements to the video layout when joining Meetings and Events for a more interactive and intuitive experience:

In Meetings, Grid View is now the default when no content is being shared for a more collaborative feeling.

You can still change your view to Active Speaker Video View or Active Speaker and Thumbnail Video View from the controls in the upper right area.

  • Events will continue to default to the Active Speaker and Thumbnails view.

    • Admins can now set the default video views (when no content is being shared) for Meeting and Events on their site.


Grid view is still limited to showing a maximum of 6 video system video streams simultaneously at any given time.

Hide non-video participants to focus specifically on those people who have video turned on. For more information see Hide or Show Non-Video Participants During a Webex Meeting or Event.

Virtual Background - Choose Your Own Custom Image

On Windows and Mac, when selecting a virtual background, you can now choose your own image from your desktop to be used. For the best results, use an image that is greater than or equal to 1280 x 720 pixels.


Windows users who have not previously used the virtual background feature will be prompted to download the virtual background package the first time they choose to use a virtual background.

Admins can control whether participants are allowed to use their own virtual background in the admin tool. (This is a new sub-setting under the "Enable virtual background" setting. When this sub-setting is disabled, meeting participants will be limited to the Webex-provided images.)

VDI Dual-Monitor Support

Webex now supports a dual-monitor setup for Windows and Linux (Ubuntu + eLux) on Virtual Desktops. Users with dual monitors will be able to extend the display of their session so they can utilize both of their monitors.

VDI Optimization for Media Server Selection

The Windows thin client running the Webex Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will now connect to the Webex data center that is closest to the physical location of the Windows thin client. This offers a superior audio and video Webex meetings experience for the end users in a different geographical location than their VDI Data Center.

Meetings Audio/Video Improvements

The Speaker, Microphone, and Camera settings dialog has been improved to easily allow the testing of a selected speaker and microphone.

Selecting the "Test" button next to the speaker selection will cause the button to change to say "Playing" and sample audio from the selected speakers. If you can't hear the test sound, try changing the speaker device.

Selecting the "Test" button next to the microphone selection will allow you to record yourself speaking to test the microphone.

The recorded audio will automatically play back through the selected speaker. If you can't hear the test sound, try changing the microphone device and testing it again.


Be sure to test the speaker first, then the microphone.

Cisco Webex Page Enhancements

Modern View-Event/Training Enhancements

For improved security, we will be removing the host key from our Webex Events and Webex Training scheduler emails and invites in this release. The plain host key will be changed into a link to the meeting details page, where the host key will be accessible behind a host authentication. This also is in parity with Webex Meetings.


Customized email templates will have no impact.

Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events Enhancements

Music Mode in Meetings and Events

Music mode optimizes the audio processing of the selected microphone source for music. This allows a richer audio experience when transmitting music with the main video benefiting virtual concerts and music lessons. When this mode is disabled, the application will optimize the audio processing for speech.

You can also use the feature in environments where background noise makes it challenging to hear users. The feature disables noise reduction, so it won’t help with the noise, but it will also not decrease the speaker’s voice during the process.

The Music mode icon appears near the top right corner of the client when active.

You can enable or disable Music mode in the Audio menu, the Ctrl+Shift+M shortcut, or the Speaker, Microphone, and Camera settings dialog.

Push to Talk

When muted, you can now hold the spacebar down to momentarily unmute. Simply press and hold the spacebar when you want to talk. You'll see an indicator that you are temporarily unmuted. Release the spacebar to go back on to mute.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.8 for iOS


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

Apple ID to Sign-In Option for iPhone and iPad Users

iOS users can now sign into their Webex Meetings mobile app using their Apple ID on their iPhone or iPad.

This cool, new feature is a streamlined sign-in option for iPhone/iPad users!

iPad OS User Experience Optimizations

All links to external mobile browsers (e.g. support links) will open as an embedded experience within the mobile app itself. And now the playback recording user experience is improved!

Control Bar/Overflow Menu Alignment

iOS mobile users will see their centralized control bar updated in a style easy to navigate.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.8 for Android

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

Virtual and Blur Background Support

Webex Meetings exclusively allows Android users to select virtual or blur background backdrops while participating in their meetings. We are the first video conferencing solution to offer this feature for Android, and it's available on the Cisco Webex Meetings app for Android on tablets too!


The Android mobile devices and tablets that support virtual background in the Cisco Webex Meetings app for Android need be equipped by a 64-bit octa core (8-core) processor, RAM with 3.5G or above, and Android OS 8 (Oreo) or above.

Android Host Support for Streaming to Facebook/ YouTube /Twitter and Others

Similar to the Desktop app, Android hosts will now be able to start a stream from a third-party source such as Facebook, YouTube or IBM directly from their mobile device!

Host Mute/Un-Mute Control Improvements

Android mobile hosts will now have access to enable/disable mute on entry while in their meeting.

Attendee Pin Support

Previously, only Android hosts could pin a video. With this release, attendees can now pin any video for their own view regardless of who is speaking.

This gives better ability to pin to a desired video without shifting screens to other active speakers.

July 2020 (40.7)

Announcements

The WBS40.7 update has important announcements, which can be reviewed in the Announcements for the Cisco Webex Meetings Suite .

Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App Enhancements

Easily See Meeting Participants with Their Hand Raised

As a Webex Meetings host or presenter, you’ll now see participants who raise their hand automatically sorted at the top of the Participants list. The order of the participants will follow the order in which they raised their hand.

If you would prefer, you can sort participants by name to quickly scan the list.

Lobby Support for Video System and Webex Teams External Users

Users outside of your organization who are on video conferencing systems and Webex Teams apps will now be able to wait in the Personal Room lobby, when the site is configured to place external users in a lobby when the Personal Room is in an unlocked state.

Before this enhancement, those external users would be subject to an administrator setting that controlled whether they would join the meeting directly or would be completely blocked from joining the Personal Room meetings.

With this enhancement, we are simplifying the experience by making sure that all devices and apps follow the same rules when joining an unlocked Personal Room meeting.

To do that, we are removing the existing administrator setting that controlled the exception behavior for users on video conferencing systems and Webex Teams apps.

Going forward, we will simply use the Personal Room meeting security settings to decide on the treatment for external users on video conferencing systems and Webex Teams apps.

When these external users are in the lobby, the hosts can see them and decide to admit those users using their apps as usual.

How are Users on Video Conferencing Systems and Webex Teams Apps Considered Internal / Signed-in?

1. Webex Rooms devices that are registered to Webex in your Cisco Webex Control Hub instance.

2. SIP video conferencing systems from your organization where you have verified your SIP video address domain name in Control Hub.

3. Webex Teams app users who are entitled to Webex Meetings or Webex Enterprise Edition for the site where they are trying to join a meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. I have cloud-registered Webex Rooms devices. Will they be affected?

No. Since they are already registered under your Control Hub instance, they will continue joining meetings without any delay.

2. I have SIP video conferencing systems. What will happen to those?

If you have already completed domain verification in Control Hub and enabled mutual TLS authentication at your SIP edge, they will also join meetings without waiting in the lobby. If you have not done so already, verify your domain and configure your Cisco Expressway for mutual TLS authentication.

3. Why do I need to do domain verification for SIP video conferencing systems that I already own?

We don't want an unauthorized user impersonating your organization's video calling domain to bypass the meeting security measures. Imagine you own example.com domain name, and your SIP video conferencing systems join meetings using a video address like conference_room_1@example.com.

Now, imagine if an unauthorized user modified some data on their system and made it look like they were joining the meeting using conference_room_1@example.com. How would you know to trust them? By enabling mutual TLS authentication at the edge, we are able to cryptographically verify that the video conferencing systems are coming from the domain that they claim to be coming from, and that the domain name they are coming from is indeed authorized to access your meetings.

4. I don't manage my Webex sites in Control Hub. Can I still take advantage of this feature with video conferencing systems?

No. Without a site being managed in Control Hub, we cannot securely identify users joining on video conferencing systems. After this change, if you have SIP video conferencing systems, they will have to be admitted by the host every time.

5. I have multiple Webex sites in Control Hub. One of my users has access to meeting services on site-A.webex.com, but NOT on site-B.webex.com. Will this user be able to join a Personal Room meeting on site-B.webex.com?

Yes, they can still join. However, they will be considered an external user for a meeting on site-B.webex.com. Therefore, they will have to be admitted from the lobby by the meeting host.

6. Will these external users always be required to wait in the lobby?

No. It depends on the Personal Room meeting security, and only when a Personal Room meeting is unlocked.

7. What about a Personal Room meeting that is in a locked state? What happens when I unlock my meeting?

In that case, only internal / signed-in users will be automatically admitted into the meeting. External users will continue to stay in the lobby and will need to be explicitly admitted by the meeting host.

Preview Window Enhancement for Connecting Devices

Windows users can now connect to cloud-registered video devices from the Preview window when joining a meeting. Select from the Nearby devices list or search for devices in your organization to connect to. If the device is not automatically detected, users can enter the code shown on the video device.

Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events Enhancements

See the Participants' View of What You’re Sharing

In case you missed it, we mentioned in 40.6.2 how when you start sharing a screen, application, or your meeting window in Webex Meetings or Webex Events, you can now see the participants' view of what you’re sharing from the controls at the top of your screen. Hover over and click the bottom of the controls to show the view again at any time.

There’s no more second-guessing whether you’re sharing, and you’ll be confident that attendees are seeing the right content.

Additional Language Support

Webex Meetings and Webex Events will now support Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, and Czech when using the desktop app and the web app. In addition, your Webex site in Modern View will also support these four new languages.


The desktop app in-event experience on Mac will continue to support English-only at this time.

Blur or Change Your Background on Mac or Windows

In 40.6, we released virtual background blur for Mac. In this release, we are happy to announce that you can now blur or change the background of your webcam video when joining Meetings and Events from Mac and Windows. This gives you more privacy and removes distracting elements from your surroundings as you participate in video meetings.


This feature may be enabled on a different date from when you receive the 40.7 update. We will publish the exact date soon!

Cisco Webex Events Enhancements

Edit Your Name/Email Address from the Preview Window

As announced in our 40.6.2 release, now when joining a Webex meeting or Webex event, we've made it easy for guest users to change their name or email address directly from the Preview window, without having to go back to the pre-meeting window of the Webex Meetings desktop app. Just hover over your name and click to change the information.

And stay tuned because licensed users will be able to access the feature in a future release!

Cisco Webex Events, Training and Support Enhancements

Video Quality Improvements in Webex Events, Training and Support

Users will see smoother video and less of a pulsating video effect when there are users with bad network conditions in a session.

In the past, the Webex app would have generated redundant frames for all the video resolutions that are in use, rather than the resolution for which a remote participant has requested an updated frame.

This would have caused the image for the sender to flip between a grainy or blocky image and a smoother one, creating a pulsating effect on all the other receivers, even though those receives never requested an updated frame.

The behavior is now improved, so that users get a smoother video experience.

This improvement was delivered in the Meeting app as part of the WBS 40.4 update, and is now being delivered for Events, Trainings and Support apps.

Cisco Webex Meetings for Slack


Webex Meetings integrations with Slack aren’t available for FedRAMP-authorized Webex offerings.

Private Channels and 1:1 Conversations Enhancements

Slack Administrators will now be able to take advantage of the Bot-token architecture, which enhances the Webex Meetings experience in Slack private channels and 1:1 conversations. Specifically, users in private channels and 1:1 conversations will now see the following:

  • Webex real-time status notifications

  • Webex recording notifications

  • Webex short cuts

Slack Administrators must re-install the Webex integration to enable this feature.


Webex real-time notifications, recording notifications, and shortcuts are only available for private channels and not available for 1:1 conversations.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.7 for iOS and Android

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

Easily See Participants with Their Hand Raised

Mobile hosts can now see participants who raise their hand automatically sorted at the top of the Participants list. The order of the participants will follow the order in which they raised their hand.

If you prefer, you can sort participants by name to quickly scan the list.

Mute Status Icon

A mute/unmute status icon will now show even when the control bar is hidden. This allows users to know if they're muted without having to tap for the control bar.

BETA MSFT Intune SDK Support/MDM Improvements

MSFT Intune SDK customers will now have access to a BETA native MSFT Intune SDK build through our mobile device management (MDM) community portal. For details on how to gain access to the community, refer to this article here.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.7 for iOS


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

Ability to Include Audio while Sharing High Frame Rate Video on iOS

iPad and iPhone users can now share high frame rate video content at 30 frames per second (FPS) during a meeting. They can also optionally share the audio for this video at the same time. This makes the video movement of video content that you share smoother when attending meetings from your devices. Share video content from your device or from YouTube for all of your participants to see and hear!

iPad Bluetooth Mouse Support

iPad users can now use their Bluetooth-enabled mouse during a Webex meeting.

Just hover to highlight and select.

Bluetooth Audio Icon Added to the Top Menu

In iOS, a Bluetooth icon is now at the top menu where you can easily switch between the audio on your phone speaker or your Bluetooth headset.

24-HR Scheduler Support

iOS users are now able to schedule 24-hour meetings from their in-app schedulers.

Host In-Meeting Control Improvements

Hosts using iOS mobile will now have access to the following mute, share, and lock controls while in their meeting:

  • Enable or disable mute on entry

  • Anyone can share

  • Lock or unlock for scheduled Webex meetings

Event Post-Session Survey Support

iOS attendees are now able to participate in post-session surveys after the events are completed.

iPhone Grid Support

iPhone users will now get 3x2 grid view video support on their devices for landscape mode, and 2x2 grid view on their devices for portrait mode. This will be the default experience.

There will also be an in-app toggle for users to switch back to their original experience, if they prefer it.

Guest Name/Email Edit

iOS guest and signed out users are now able to edit their name and email prior to joining the meeting. This gives users the ability to access their name and email edits without having to navigate into the in-app settings.

MDM improvements for iOS

MDM Appconfig customers on iOS are also now able to toggle on or off High FPS video share using their MDM configuration.

When Apple ID Login becomes available, iOS MDM Appconfig customers will be able to toggle on or off their Apple ID login.

Cisco Webex Meetings 40.7 for Android

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

BETA Blur or Change Your Background

Mobile Android users can now blur or change their background while participating in their meetings. This gives you more privacy and removes distracting elements from your surroundings as you participate in video meetings.

Requirements:

  • Cisco Webex Meetings Server (CWMS) site does not support it

Device Requirements:

  • Android OS version should not be less than 8.0 (Android O)

  • The device memory should be more than 2.5G

  • The number of CPU core should not be less than 4

  • CPU should be 64 bit

Alexa and Amazon Echo Recording Playback

Alexa and Amazon Echo users can now use voice commands to play back their Webex recordings. Click Use Voice Commands on Your Mobile Device for more details on recording playback.

Participant List View Enhancements

Previously, Android mobile participants had participant list and video disablement tied together with one setting. With this release, it will align with the desktop app behavior and only disable the participant list when the meeting host disables the participant list. We will no longer disable the video panel when the desktop app host chooses to disable their participant list.