Release status

Spring 2021 is currently being rolled out between January 2021 and March 2021, during maintenance hours in your region. Organization admins will receive notification emails advising of the updates and maintenance hours for their organization.

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Introduction

These release notes provide you with information about the latest upgrade to StarLeaf.

All upgrades take place outside of normal office hours for all regions. Endpoints automatically restart and reconnect to StarLeaf after the upgrade.

StarLeaf operates a system of rolling upgrades across our data centers, which are distributed globally. New features may be enabled separately.

New features

Large meetings beta

Requires apps 4.4.19 and Portal 6.7

Have the full StarLeaf experience with up to 300 participants in any meeting.

For more information, see Large meetings beta.

This beta feature is available on request for organizations with a Business or Enterprise host plan.

Virtual backgrounds

Windows only. Requires apps 4.5 and Portal 6.6

You can now blur or replace your video background, with StarLeaf for Windows.

For information on how to blur or replace your background, see Blur or replace background.

All custom backgrounds must be a JPG or JPEG image, of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels in size.

Streaming to external platforms

Requires apps 4.5 and Portal 6.7

You can now live stream a broadcast of a StarLeaf meeting on a third-party platform, such as YouTube or Vimeo. Live streaming is useful if you want allow a wide audience to view a live meeting, discussion, or company update.

When scheduling a meeting from the StarLeaf Portal, open Advanced settings, then tick Live stream to an external platform. Depending on which external platform you want to stream to, enter the Stream URL and/or Stream key.

For more information, see Live streaming to external platform.

Message replies

Requires apps 4.5 and Portal 6.7

You can now directly reply to any message or attachment sent to you in StarLeaf.

On desktop devices, hover your cursor over a message, click the reply icon, then send your message as normal. On mobile devices, hold and swipe right on a message, then send your message as normal.

A quote from the message that you are replying to is sent alongside your message.

New features on StarLeaf Room for Poly

Dual-screen support

Requires version 1.29

Dual-screen functionality is now supported on StarLeaf Room for Poly.

Connect your Poly video bar to both of the room system screens. When dual-screen mode is active, StarLeaf will show video on one screen, and shared content on the other. For more information, see Dual-screen support for StarLeaf Room for Poly.

1080p video and content

Requires version 1.29

1080p video receive and content is now available on StarLeaf Room for Poly. This feature requires a Business or Enterprise room subscription.

To enable or disable 1080p video receive and content for your organization, go to Portal Edit organization > Advanced settings.

You can override the organization default on a per-room setting in Portal Room systems > Edit room system > Advanced settings.

For more information about StarLeaf resolutions and bandwidths, go here.

StarLeaf Room for Windows

StarLeaf Room for Windows is the simple video meetings solution that lets you build your meeting room your way.

A StarLeaf Room for Windows consists of:

  • A Windows PC running StarLeaf with a camera*, microphone* and TV* attached
  • An Android phone or tablet as a controller

To learn more, see StarLeaf Room for Windows.

*optional

Improved meeting experience on browsers

If you are participating in a StarLeaf meeting using Google Chrome, you can now share your screen without having the Screen Share for StarLeaf Click-to-Call extension installed. To share your screen, click the sharing icon at the bottom of your call window:

StarLeaf now also supports Microsoft Edge 79 (or higher) for browser calling.

End of support for joining meetings with Internet Explorer 11

Starting 3rd April 2021 (and possibly earlier for pre-release customers), StarLeaf will no longer support joining meetings through the browser Internet Explorer 11. If you attempt to join a StarLeaf meeting using Internet Explorer 11, you will be advised that it is not possible and prompted to instead use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge 79 or higher.

You can continue to access the StarLeaf Portal using Internet Explorer 11.

Issues resolved

Select a release below to display the bug fixes and improvements effective in that release.

What version am I on?

For instructions on how to find out what version of Portal or StarLeaf you are on, select one of the following:

Known limitations

For per-vendor interoperability information, refer here.

Reference ID Description
30078 For meetings where one of the first two participants joins using PSTN, there is an issue where other participants are sometimes unable to share their screen using the StarLeaf app. A fix for this is coming soon.
30089 For meetings where the first two participants have joined using PSTN, there is an issue where other participants who join using the app cannot see any video presence in the call window. A fix for this is coming soon.
30101, 30102, 30104

On StarLeaf for desktop, when you use Share screen on the Today tab to share content into a meeting before anyone has joined, there are some known behaviors that will be fixed in a future release:
– Participants who join afterwards may see the shared content in a small resolution
– The third participant to join the meeting may, in certain circumstances, enter a separate video meeting
– If the fourth participant to join the meeting leaves, it can cause the first and third participants to hang up as well

29549 On Windows devices, if you use an external display with a different DPI to your desktop, and switch between these displays while in a call or meeting, this could sometimes cause StarLeaf to close. StarLeaf are working on a fix for this issue. Using an external display that has the same DPI as your desktop, will not trigger this issue.

1702

StarLeaf Room for Poly version 1.29 requires a minimum PolyOS version of 3.2.2. If you upgrade to StarLeaf Room for Poly 1.30 with a PolyOS version which is too old, the room system may become stuck in a reboot loop until you perform the PolyOS upgrade.

Most systems are set to auto-update the PolyOS version, but others may need to manually upgrade through the Poly webUI.

27853 StarLeaf Room for Poly: In certain circumstances, the room screen’s wallpaper can appear distorted when the room system wakes from sleep mode. Waking up the touchscreen controller by pressing Camera controls or Contacts returns the room wallpaper to normal.

3251

If or when a StarLeaf Huddle is turned off and on again, the MAC address can change to a random address. StarLeaf are working on a fix for this for existing Huddle room systems. Newly purchased Huddle room systems will not experience this issue

27048 StarLeaf green buttons for Microsoft Teams meetings that use Pexip as the Teams gateway provider will not always work with Office 365 ATP Safe Links . A fix for this is coming soon.
12067 In some circumstances, when a Skype for Business client attempts to add video or content into a StarLeaf meeting with no other video participants there can be unexpected call failure.
11755 There is a BFCP interoperability issue between Cisco VCS and the StarLeaf Cloud which can cause screen share to be disabled mid call.
10858 Internet Explorer 11: When you access a user page on the Portal using Internet Explorer 11, the time zone selection box automatically opens.