What's new in 8x8 Meet?

We are introducing the following enhancements and changes in 8x8 Meet:

Layout enhancements

The following enhancements apply to the layout of your in-meeting screen.

Enhanced tile view

When you have Tile view enabled in a meeting, participant tiles now automatically resize to minimize the blank space that previously showed up around them.

Support for in-tile face centering

When you have Tile view enabled in a meeting and your participant tiles are resized to appear more narrow, tiles that show participant video now center on the participant’s face, preventing participants from appearing cut off.

Ability to resize tile filmstrip in presenter view

Let’s say you’re viewing a presentation but also want to see non-presenter participants more clearly; you now have the ability to resize the filmstrip displaying non-presenters at any time! When viewing a presentation or when you have Tile view disabled in a meeting, you can drag a new handlebar on the edge of the filmstrip to resize it.

New desktop presentation snapshots

Let’s say you’re looking through several past meetings for a particular meeting, and want to quickly locate the recording you’re looking for; now, still shots of shared on-screen content (such as slide presentations) are captured every few seconds for quick viewing if the app detects changes in the displayed content! When reviewing the details of a past meeting, scroll to the Screen sharing snapshots section to view images automatically generated during a recorded screen sharing session.

Note: Presentation snapshots are only captured while a meeting is being recorded.

Ability to highlight and view meeting video snippets

While a meeting is being recorded, 8x8 Meet now detects key moments (such as a large number of in-meeting reactions) and generates video snippets around those moments. In addition, if you think a certain part of an ongoing recorded meeting is important, you can manually highlight that part of the meeting in real time (click Highlight moment in the meeting header) to generate a snippet later!

When reviewing the details of a past meeting, scroll to the Recording & highlights section; if you recognize a snippet as a specific part of the recording you want to view, you can open it on its own instead of looking through the entire recording!

Note: Video snippets are only captured while a meeting is being recorded.

Previous releases

The following features and enhancements were introduced in previous versions of 8x8 Meet.

Features from previous releases

  • Support for breakout rooms

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 desktop apps, versions 10.14 and newer of 8x8 Work for Mobile, and all browsers.
    Participants joining from the 8x8 Meet mobile app or older versions of 8x8 Work for Mobile are not able to see, join, or be moved to a breakout room.

    During a meeting between the Marketing, Sales, and Engineering teams, the three teams need to break out into individual team sessions to chart out their next steps, then return to the main meeting for further discussion; now, a moderator can create breakout rooms within the same meeting, enabling the teams to immediately pick up where they left off without needing to schedule separate meetings!

    Use breakout rooms whenever you need to split people into smaller groups and bring them back together when needed:

    • Create brainstorming groups so more ideas can be discussed in parallel without people talking over one another.
    • Before the end of a meeting with multiple presenters, create a room for each presenter so they can more quickly answer questions specific to them.
    • During a virtual training session, create a room for each trainer, enabling them to focus on smaller groups of people to train.
    • And much more!

    To create breakout rooms as a moderator:

    1. As a moderator in a meeting, click Participants . If you are joining via your mobile app, tap More actions first to see this option.
    2. In the participant panel that opens, click Add breakout room below the end of the participant list.

    To join breakout rooms:

    1. While in the main room of a meeting, click Participants . If you are joining via your mobile app, tap More actions first to see this option.
    2. In the participant panel that opens:
      • On desktop: Hover over the name of a breakout room to show the option to join the room.
      • On mobile: Hold down on the name of a breakout room to show the option to join the room.
    3. Click Join.

    To leave breakout rooms:

    1. While in a breakout room during a meeting, click Participants . If you are joining via your mobile app, tap More actions first to see this option.
    2. In the participant panel that opens, click Leave breakout room to return to the main meeting room.

    To close breakout rooms as a moderator:

    1. As a moderator in a meeting, click Participants . If you are joining via your mobile app, tap More actions first to see this option.
    2. In the participant panel that opens:
      • On desktop:
        1. Hover over the name of a breakout room to show additional options for the room.
        2. Hover over More next to the name of the meeting room, and click Close to return all participants there to the main meeting room.
      • On mobile:
        1. Hold down on the name of a breakout room to show additional options for the room.
        2. Tap Remove to return all participants there to the main meeting room.
  • Enhanced post-meeting summary

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 desktop apps, versions 10.14 and newer of 8x8 Work for Mobile, and all browsers.

    Your post-meeting summary has a new look, and has been improved for usability! At a glance, see a preview of who participated in the meeting, as well as previews of any recordings, chat logs, and audio transcripts related to the meeting. In addition, instead of needing to download meeting recordings to view them, just click the preview to watch the recording!

    1. In 8x8 Work or the 8x8 Meet desktop app, go to Meetings / > Recent meetings.
    2. Click a past meeting to view its summary. From a post-meeting summary, you can see any resources related to the meeting, such as:
      • The list of Participants who attended the meeting, sorted in order of speaking time, then alphabetically
      • Any Recording made of the meeting: Click a recording to watch it directly from within the app. While watching the recording, click Share to copy the recording link to your clipboard, which you can share for the next 72 hours with participants without access to the recording.
      • The Chat log of the meeting
      • Any Transcription made from meeting audio
      • Any Polls created during the meeting

  • Improved meeting polls

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 desktop apps, versions 10.14 and newer of 8x8 Work for Mobile, and all browsers.

    Your meeting polls and their results are now recorded in your post-meeting summary alongside existing resources such as recordings and chat logs, enabling you to look back at any important polls and see which meeting they took place in!

  • Ability to flip meetings to 8x8 Work for Web in one click:

    Let’s say you joined a meeting on the go via 8x8 Work for Mobile and have just reached a computer without 8x8 Work for Desktop installed, so you open and log in to 8x8 Work for Web instead. Like 8x8 Work for Desktop, 8x8 Work for Web now detects whether you are in a meeting on another device, and lets you flip the meeting to your web app with a single click! Once you click the control to flip your meeting, the meeting on your previous device stops and picks up in your browser where you left off!

  • Support for 500 participants:

    Note: This feature applies to all 8x8 apps and browsers.

    8x8 Meet now supports even larger meetings than before; rather than 100 participants, now up to 500 participants can join a meeting from desktop or mobile!

  • Ability to use advanced moderator features:

    Note: This feature applies to meeting moderators on all 8x8 apps and browsers.

    Let’s say you are hosting a large meeting in your personal meeting space, and many participants have left their microphones or cameras enabled even though they are not currently speaking, which could be distracting or disruptive during an important meeting.

    As a moderator in an 8x8 meeting (such as in your personal meeting space), you were previously able to disable other participants’ microphones and cameras; with this release, you now have the option to let participants re-enable their microphones and cameras later! This new ability shows up as a new toggle when you open the Participants panel, and then click Mute all or More > Stop everyone's video.

    Click here for details on how to tell whether you are a moderator in a meeting.

  • Support for in-meeting reactions:

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 desktop and iOS apps, and all browsers.

    Let’s say your team is discussing new ideas, and you want to briefly show your reaction to a particularly good idea or a surprising development without talking over the current speaker; now, when you click the small arrow above the Raise hand option during a meeting (on mobile browsers, under More options ), you can choose from in-meeting reactions to share with other participants!

  • Ability to organize and participate in in-meeting polls:

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 desktop apps, 8x8 Work for Mobile, and all browsers.

    If you want a quick tally of other participants’ opinions to a simple question, you now have the ability to set up an in-meeting poll! For example, Sam can poll the rest of the team on which day or days of the week work best for an upcoming meeting. Simply open the Chat panel in a meeting, and open the panel’s new Poll tab to get started. Once your poll is set up, all participants (yourself included) can quickly weigh in, selecting one or more of the options offered.

  • Ability to flip active meetings to 8x8 Work for Desktop or 8x8 Work for Mobile in one click or tap:

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 Work for Desktop and 8x8 Work for Mobile.

    Let’s say you joined a meeting on the go via 8x8 Work for Mobile and have just reached your desktop. 8x8 Work for Desktop now detects whether you are in a meeting on another device, and lets you flip the meeting to your desktop app with a single click! Once you click the control to flip your meeting, the meeting on your mobile device stops and picks up on desktop where you left off!

    Similarly, if you joined a meeting on your computer via 8x8 Work for Desktop but need to step away from your desk for a while, 8x8 Work for Mobile also detects whether you are in a meeting on another device! Once you tap the control to flip your meeting, the meeting on your computer stops and picks up on mobile where you left off.

  • Ability to share your screen from mobile apps:

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 Work for Mobile and the 8x8 Meet mobile app.

    If you're joining a meeting via 8x8 Work for Mobile or the 8x8 Meet mobile app, you now have the ability to share your on-screen content with other participants! In a meeting, simply tap More actions > Share screen to begin sharing your full screen.

    Note:
    -If you are sharing your screen via mobile, your full screen is shared automatically, and you cannot limit what portion of the screen is shared; other participants see everything you see on your mobile screen while you are sharing.
    -All notifications that show up onscreen are also visible to other participants.

  • Ability to join or invite to meetings via SIP address:

    Note: This feature applies to SIP devices, and to 8x8 Work for Desktop and the 8x8 Meet desktop app.

    As a SIP device user, you can now use your device to participate in 8x8 meetings! Join by dialing in using a meeting's dedicated SIP number, or (if you are joining via desktop) invite a SIP device user to a meeting by entering their SIP address in 8x8 Meet. A meeting's SIP address takes the form of a non-spaced string of numbers (the digits of the meeting's PIN code) ending with @8x8.vc.

    For example, a meeting with a PIN code of 1111 2222 333# would have a SIP address of [email protected].

    To find the meeting dial-in SIP address and join a meeting from a SIP device:

    From your SIP device, dial the SIP address associated with the meeting you want to join.

    • Outside of a meeting: In your meeting invite, click the link with the full list of dial-in numbers. At the bottom of the list, the meeting's SIP address is displayed.
      If the meeting information shared with you does not include the SIP address:
      • If the meeting's default dial-in phone number was shared with you, you can gather the meeting's SIP address from the PIN code shown next to the phone number. Simply enter all the digits of the PIN code without spaces, add @8x8.vc at the end, and dial.
      • If no dial-in information was shared with you, request the SIP address from a meeting organizer.
    • In a meeting:
      1. Click Participants and then click Invite Someone to open the meeting invitation panel.
      2. In the panel, click More numbers below the dial-in information to open a web page with a list of the meeting's international phone numbers and SIP address.
      3. At the bottom of the list, copy and share the SIP address with a participant who wants to join via SIP device.

    To invite a SIP device user by dialing out (desktop apps and browsers only):

    1. In a meeting, click Participants and then click Invite Someone to open the meeting invitation panel.
    2. In the panel, enter the participant's SIP address in the text entry box, and confirm to bring up the option to invite.
    3. Click Invite to dial out to your specified SIP participants. These participants receive a SIP call from an address indicating the name of the 8x8 user inviting them to the meeting, appended with @8x8.vc. For example, a SIP user invited by Robin Shasta would receive a call from [email protected].
      If you have also entered the names of 8x8 Work contacts, they are invited directly, and phone numbers you enter are dialed out to along with SIP addresses.
  • 8x8 Work for Desktop pairing with 8x8 Spaces is now accessed from your settings:

    Note: This feature applies to 8x8 Work users of 8x8 Spaces.

    If you are an 8x8 Work user and your organization enhances its in-room systems with 8x8 Spaces, you now pair 8x8 Work for Desktop with 8x8 Spaces by going to Settings > Meetings > Nearby room detection, and enabling the option to automatically detect nearby 8x8 Spaces. This way, you can enter a room enhanced with 8x8 Spaces and have your app pair with the in-room system automatically rather than pairing manually every time!

  • Improved interface and responsive design:

    Note: This feature applies to all 8x8 desktop apps and browsers, and to the 8x8 Meet iOS mobile app.

    Enjoy an enhanced in-meeting experience on screens or windows of any size with our new responsive interface, enabling you to better meet from your device of choice! When you meet on a mobile device or on a small web window, your control bar narrows accordingly, and your chat panel switches to fullscreen.

  • Ability to use virtual and blurred backgrounds for your 8x8 meetings:

    Note: This feature applies to all 8x8 desktop apps and browsers.

    Let’s say you’re sharing video from a location where people or objects in the background could prove distracting; you can now use virtual and blurred backgrounds with 8x8 Meet! When you share your video, you have the ability to choose from a preset photo background, add a photo background of your own, or blur the real-world background behind you. Once you select a background, it shows up by default when you share your video until you choose to change it again.

  • Ability to toggle between front and back mobile cameras:

    Note: This feature applies to mobile browsers, and was previously available only on 8x8 mobile apps.

    Let’s say you join a meeting via mobile and want to show something to other participants via your device camera; rather than turning your device to focus on what you want to show, you can now toggle between the front and back-facing cameras on your mobile device in 8x8 Meet!

    Let’s say you join a meeting via mobile browser and want to show something to other participants via your device camera; just as you previously could do from your mobile apps, rather than turning your device to focus on what you want to show, you can now toggle between the front and back-facing cameras on your mobile device while meeting via mobile browser!

  • Ability to secure meetings by enabling pre-meeting lobby rooms [8x8 Work and 8x8 Meet users]: Let’s say you’re hosting a confidential meeting, and want to personally make sure that only the intended participants can enter the meeting. You now have the ability to screen who can join your meeting by enabling a lobby room for your meeting; this way, before participants can join your meeting, they must ask to be let in.

    In addition, if you want all your organization’s meeting spaces, or all meetings in your personal meeting space, to have lobby rooms enabled by default, contact your administrator to fine-tune your organization’s lobby room behavior.

  • Updated icon for your Meetings list [8x8 Meet users]: If you are an 8x8 Work for Desktop or 8x8 Work for Mobile user, your Meetings list is now marked with an updated icon that better reflects your ability to view and share video while in a meeting!

    On 8x8 Work for Desktop:

    on 8x8 Work for Mobile for iOS and Android/Amazon:

    On the 8x8 Meet desktop and mobile apps, your Meetings list continues to be marked with its previous icon.

  • 8x8 Video Meetings is now 8x8 Meet: Say hello to 8x8 Meet! In recognition of the increased importance of digital tools and changes to how we all work, the 8x8 products and services you work with are getting new names as part of their transformation:

    • 8x8 Video Meetings: 8x8 Meet
    • 8x8 Meeting Rooms: 8x8 Spaces
    • Virtual Office: 8x8 Work
    • Virtual Office desktop app: 8x8 Work for Desktop
    • Virtual Office mobile app: 8x8 Work for Mobile
    • And more!