Note: Version 7.23 of 8x8 Work for Desktop is not yet available for all users. See what's new for the latest generally-available version of the app!

What's new in the 8x8 Work for Desktop 7.23 release for Beta users?

In this release of 8x8 Desktop, we are introducing the following enhancements:

Updated color for the call card’s pin/unpin icon

In the 7.21 release, we introduced the option to pin/unpin the call card for 8x8 Work for Desktop. When pinned, the call card always displays on top of your active applications. To ensure you can easily determine whether your call card is pinned or unpinned, the color for the pin icon now displays as:

  • Gray, when the call card is unpinned.
  • White, when the call card is pinned.

Improved UX design for the Create room window

The Create room window now displays an improved UX design to optimize ease of use. With a few simple clicks, you can:

  • Create a private or a public chat room.
  • Add multiple members to a private chat room.
  • View members’ availability from their profile picture.

To create a chat room:

  1. Sign into 8x8 Work for Desktop.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Messages .
  3. Click > Create Room ..
  4. In the Create room window that displays, under Room name, enter the name of the chat room.
  5. Click the Make private toggle to select the chat room type:
    • Toggle off (default): Create a public chat room that can be found by anyone in your company contact list by using the search bar of 8x8 Work, and can be accessed by anyone at any time. To invite co-workers, use @mentions. For example, to get Alice Fox's attention, post @Alice Fox. Alternatively, you can ask Alice to search for this room by name.
    • Toggle on: Create a private chat room that can only be found and accessed by room members who are invited. A member who has been invited by mistake can be removed from the room from the Members window; once a person has been removed from a chat room, they no longer have access to the message history of that room.

    Note: The room type—private or public—cannot be changed after it is created.

  6. If you are creating a private room by enabling the Make private toggle switch, the Add members field displays. Use the dropdown list which displays, to add members to the chat room. To add members, simply type the names of the colleagues you wish to invite and select them when their names show up in the drop-down list.

    Note: You can add members to a private room at any time from the Members window. To access the Members window, select the desired private room and click the avatars of the members from the top of the chat panel, or select More Options> View/edit members .

  7. Click Create.

    The new chat room opens, and you can begin typing in the chat.

Updated label in the Room details window

The Make private toggle switch displayed in the Room details window in the 7.22 release has been removed. The window now lists the room type - Private or Public - that was selected when the room was first created.

You can still use the Room details window to change a room’s name.

Note: The room type—private or public—cannot be changed after it is created.

To access the Room details window:

  1. In the Messages > Rooms, select a room, and from the top-right side of the of the chat panel, select More Options > Room details .