Managing StarLeaf releasesLast updated August 16, 2019
These release notes provide you with information about the latest upgrade to the StarLeaf platform and endpoints. This is a feature release and is effective from July 2019.
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.
StarLeaf 9.0 provides the following new features:
- Smart Layouts
- Spotlight meetings
- Meeting details
- Pre-meeting audio and video options
- Meeting scheduler policy option (for admins)
- StarLeaf integrations updates
Smart Layouts improve the video and content display of single-screen StarLeaf room systems.
When a room system shares or receives content, the display changes to a layout that promotes content while providing a video strip of the most recent speakers. This allows users to focus on the content while maintaining eye to eye contact with other meeting participants. There is no overlapping of content and video.
To enable Smart Layouts for your organization, in the StarLeaf Portal go to Edit organization > Advanced settings.
You can also enable Smart Layouts on an individual room basis. Go to Room systems > Edit > Advanced settings.
In a Spotlight meeting, a chosen participant (or participants) is added to spotlight by the meeting organizer as shown in the participants panel below.
Only the participants in spotlight are visible and audible by default in the meeting. Audience participants are muted.
This feature is useful for large meetings where only one or a few people will be talking or presenting but where there are many participants who want to view and listen. For more information, go to Spotlight meetings
On the Meetings tab, when you select an upcoming meeting you can see more detailed information than before. For example, the meeting details tell you:
- if it is a Spotlight meeting
- if it is a recurring meeting
- whether invitees accepted the meeting invite, declined it, or have not responded
Before you enter a meeting, you now see a screen that gives you time to check your audio and video settings before you select join now. On this screen you can:
- switch between computer audio and phone audio
- mute your microphone (so no one in the meeting can hear you)
- mute your camera (so no one in the meeting can see you)
- change the microphone, camera, and/or speakers that you use
In the StarLeaf Portal, admins can now choose which scheduler all users in the organization must use to schedule meetings. When users select New meeting in the StarLeaf app, they will be directed to the appropriate scheduler. The options are:
- StarLeaf Scheduler for Office 365
- StarLeaf Scheduler for Outlook Exchange Server
- StarLeaf Scheduler for Google Calendar
- StarLeaf Portal and schedulers
This is an organization-level setting and can be found in the Portal in Edit organization > Advanced settings > Meeting scheduler.
If users go to schedule a meeting in the Portal when the policy option does now allow this, they will receive instructions on which scheduler to proceed with as shown below.
StarLeaf for Microsoft Teams is now available to download from Microsoft Appsource.
The StarLeaf for Microsoft Teams integration can be installed on individual teams in your client. When StarLeaf for Teams is installed on a team, you can type the command @StarLeaf in a team channel. This creates a StarLeaf meeting and everyone in the channel receives a message which contains information on the different ways to join the meeting, for example, with the StarLeaf app, from a StarLeaf room system, with Skype for Business, or on a telephone.
For more information about installing and using the integration, go to StarLeaf for Microsoft Teams.
When you schedule an event in your Google Calendar, there is now an option to Schedule with StarLeaf as shown below. This makes the event a StarLeaf meeting and adds joining details to the event invite text.
StarLeaf Scheduler for Google Calendar is an integration that allows you to schedule video meetings directly from your Google Calendar. It can be used to invite anyone to a meeting, even if they are not a Google Calendar user.
When you schedule a StarLeaf meeting using either the Scheduler for Outlook Exchange Server or Scheduler for Outlook Office 365, you now have new options to:
- make it a Spotlight meeting
- choose to keep people on hold until the second person joins or the meeting owner joins
StarLeaf integration with Azure Active Directory user provisioning (Azure AD) can now be added from the Azure AD Marketplace (in preview mode).
Organizations that use Azure AD for user management can integrate it with their StarLeaf account. Azure AD integration is an additional option on your StarLeaf Enterprise account. For more information, go to Azure Active Directory user provisioning.
Select a release below to display the bug fixes and improvements effective in that release.
|PM-1351||StarLeaf 9.0 provides major call quality improvements which include a fix to help prevent calls from dropping, improved audio quality, and reduced audio delays when calling over WiFi or mobile networks|
|StarLeaf on Windows|
|16260||In certain circumstances, older versions of the app in use on Windows 7 did not receive sound notifications. StarLeaf 9.0 resolves this issue|
|22106||Improvement to the user interface when transferring a call|
|22191||In rare circumstances, the message view in the app could go blank after a reload. StarLeaf 9.0 resolves this issue|
|StarLeaf Scheduler for Outlook Exchange|
For the latest details about the Outlook Exchange integration fixes, go to StarLeaf Scheduler for Outlook Exchange Server: admin guide
Draft status: StarLeaf 9.1 is currently in pre-release and these release notes have draft status.
|StarLeaf on Android|
|23125||In certain circumstances, when you opened the information page in a group chat, loading circles were stuck in a loop next to the group members’ names. StarLeaf 9.1 resolves this issue|
Select a release below to display the component version numbers for that release.
For per-vendor interoperability information, refer here.
|10858||Internet Explorer 11: When you access a user page on the Portal using Internet Explorer 11, the time zone selection box automatically opens|
|11755||There is a BFCP interoperability issue between Cisco VCS and the StarLeaf Cloud which can cause screen share to be disabled mid call|
Using Click-to-Call (WebRTC) in the Safari browser on OSX sometimes results in difficulties receiving shared content and dropped calls when the Safari tab is minimized for longer than 10 seconds. This is due to the AppNap feature on OSX that puts background applications to sleep if they are not in the foreground
Click-to-Call is not supported on Safari from version 11.2 onwards. This is due to changes in Safari that mean the browser no longer supports plugins. For more information on browser support and compatibility, refer to Click-to-Call and StarLeaf Cloud
|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|
|23080||When your StarLeaf app (mobile only) is not running on your device and you receive a PSTN call to the app, the call connects if you answer it but audio cannot be heard in either direction. This does not affect desktop versions of the app and only occurs when a mobile app is not running before receiving the call. StarLeaf is working urgently on a fix for this issue|