The novelties of CISCO Webex that will improve your meetingsMaria Cruz Alcocer
The novelties of CISCO Webex that will improve your meetings
The changes that CISCO has developed in Webex are improvements that facilitate the quality of meetings in our day to day.
From audio enhancements to the addition of training features, let’s review the top five new features.
Before entering the meeting, we find a simplified view of what our camera will show, having access to virtual backgrounds and audio options:
You just have to hit the green button “Start meeting” and we will be in the meeting.
Once connected, the first thing we will have noticed is that now the grid view is the one that comes by default, appearing our own video next to that of the other participants (and being able to minimize it when we need it). On the other hand, we can highlight a simplification of the control buttons, distinguishing between those related to the meeting and the interaction with the participants.
To obtain a cleaner view, we have the possibility of hiding the control bar, the image of those participants who do not have the video activated or even their names.
This is accompanied by the new dark theme, for those who want a greater contrast.
Greater control of the mute
We have all been in a meeting where you were the host and you did not want anyone to interrupt you without your permission, now the forced silence functionality, better known as hard mute, is available. Thus, we achieve that only the participants can unmute themselves when the hosts wish, by activating or deactivating these options.
When you select the option “Mute everyone” you can activate or deactivate the option “Allow attendees to deactivate their own silence”.
Even if the participants are muted, they can always raise their hands to ask to speak or use the new reactions to express themselves.
A notification is also added as an improvement that tells us if we are talking and we have the microphone muted.
Breakout sessions: work in groups within Webex
Especially useful during training sessions, breakout sessions allow us to create different sessions within our meetings. We can assign different participants to each session once Webex has started or schedule the meeting with a pre-assignment, leaving it already planned.
The host decides who will be part of each breakout session and its duration, and can even jump from session to session whenever she wants.
Participants in each session will be able to see and hear the other participants in that session and ask the host for help if needed.
Co-host, co-host: an assistant in your meetings
It is a role that we can assign to as many participants as we want, whether or not they are from our organization, and that allows us to have someone in our meetings with privileges similar to those of the host. Thus, a co-host can also mute the other participants or even manage breakout sessions.
The importance of the sound environment
How to Silence Background Noise in Meetings
We have all suffered in our meetings the noise that a participant can produce using the keyboard, we are at home working and our neighbors are working, or we have had to connect from the street to a Webex in the middle of a significant bustle. Although Webex already had noise cancellation, it has gone one step further and will be able to filter out any type of background noise. Thanks to the recent acquisition of BabbleLabs, we can enjoy functionality like this:
How to listen to music through Webex
Let’s put the opposite situation: you want to teach music online, use your DJ table or simply play music on another computer and have it heard clearly from the other side. With the default noise suppression, this would not be possible. But Webex has thought about these scenarios and launched Music Mode; a functionality that allows you to stop filtering the background noise to listen to music with the clarity it deserves.
While it is active, we will see an icon of an eighth note in the upper right corner of our meeting window.