redesign and accessibility updates
There have been
improvements to the user experience for web pages in WebEx centers. The WebEx
pages now have a modern design, but the interaction has not changed, so all the
functionality remains the same.
features have also been added to increase our current level of accessibility.
The redesign is a
phased approach, beginning with core pages and flows. (We will continue to
redesign other pages and centers in subsequent releases.)
- Global elements (such as
the header, top navigation, and the left menu bar) and core pages (such as the
log in page, the My WebEx > My Meetings page, and the My WebEx > Training
page) have been redesigned and have improved accessibility
- The "Welcome" page has been
optimized and has been renamed to "Home."
- The join by number page can
now be used to look up a Personal Room by the host's username.
Simplified and modern
experience has been simplified and updated with a new, modern look and feel and
a clean layout, including the following key changes:
- New icons, fonts, and
colors are being used for various functions throughout the meeting window
- Functions on the Quick
Start page have been consolidated.
- A liquid and flexible
meeting window layout has been added that allows users to change proportion of
content view and panels. This layout includes a new 50/50 view for content and
- The Info tab content is
cleaner and has been improved. Additionally, individual fields in the Info tab
can now be copied one at a time.
- There is an improved layout
for the Video view in the video panel.
- More intuitive Audio
interface and more contextual audio options.
- The Sharing and Invite and
Remind interface has been improved.
- When the presenter shares
his or her desktop or application, the shared content shows up in a tab in the
meeting window by default. This reduces transitions for participants when
sharing starts. Participants can also select full-screen view as before with a
- Easy-to-access annotation
tools have been added in a new, vertical Annotation bar with updated icons.
- Quick access to view
options has been added so users can control viewing preference.
- New icons have been added
to the meeting control panel that appears when a presenter shares content or
when an attendee goes to full screen view to view shared content.
- Dialog boxes and
notifications have been improved.
Screen saver when
When a user is
sharing content in a meeting, the screen saver is disabled for all
Mobile device support for
WBS29.8 and later will be supported in the Cisco WebEx Meetings mobile app
version 7.0 for iPhone and iPad and version 6.0 for Android.
Cleaner and faster join
We have been
working on improving our join meeting time and are happy to announce that in
our testing, users can join up to 30% faster. In addition, the join experience
has been cleaned up by removing connection pop-up messages and cleanly
presenting the join status within the meeting window. Users must be joining by
URL using ActiveX, a plugin, or an extension and using Meeting Center (Windows
and Mac) or Event Center (Windows only).
Updates were made
to WebEx Productivity Tools, including support for the Mac. For more
Productivity Tools Release Notes.
Using WebEx on Chrome
will be removing support for NPAPI, a new joining method using a Chrome
extension has been provided for using WebEx starting with Chrome 38. When using
WebEx for the first time on Chrome, users will be guided through a one-time
process to add the extension and update the WebEx application. After the first
time, users can join without the extra steps.
Updates were made
to the Site Administration tool. For more information, see
Administration Release Notes.
Enhanced audio experience
with wideband audio on WebEx VoIP and WebEx Audio
meetings and VoIP-only meetings now have a superior meeting experience with
wideband audio when users are connecting to audio using their computers (VoIP).
also refers to high-definition voice. Wideband audio captures wider frequency
range and therefore provides clearer audio connections.
Windows, Mac, and
Linux desktop applications, Apple iPad and iPhone devices, and Android mobile
devices are supported. Wideband audio is also supported for network-based
recording of VoIP only and WebEx Audio meetings.
Codec (OPUS) is now the default codec for WebEx VoIP attendees. The OPUS codec
has superior Packet Loss Concealment (PLC) and Forward Error Correction (FEC)
and is more resilient to packet loss. As a result, it provides better audio
quality in less ideal conditions.
It has a better
noise-suppression algorithm that provides a much better experience when using
audio through a computer, even without headset. It includes enhanced jitter
buffer for UDP-based VoIP traffic. Reduced delay and data loss with smaller
packet sampling size of 20 ms.
operating on Solaris, Windows mobile devices, and Blackberry devices will
continue to use narrowband audio for VoIP audio. If a user joins a meeting from
any of those devices, the narrowband audio is used for the whole meeting.
Company Address Book and
Personal Address Book in Site Administration and My WebEx
In the Company
Address Book, which is available in Site Administration and in My WebEx, and
the user's Personal Address Book, which is available in My WebEx, multiple
contacts can be imported only by using a comma- or tab-delimited values file
(.csv). To upload a comma- or tab-delimited .csv file, select the file to
upload, select the type of delimiter your file uses (Tab or Comma), and then
select Import. The WebEx Address Book format can also be exported from Site
Administration and from My WebEx.