Managing StarLeaf releasesLast updated July 30, 2021
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Summer 2021 is currently being rolled out between May 2021 and August 2021, during maintenance hours in your region. Organization admins will receive notification emails advising of the updates and maintenance hours for their organization.
On this page:
- New features
- Background noise suppression
- Improved meeting experience between organizations
- Messaging between organizations
- Archive chats
- New buttons on Today tab
- Same as system audio option
- Virtual background collection
- Virtual backgrounds for NVidia and AMD devices
- Improvements to power and CPU usage
- Enhanced sleep controls for GT Mini and GT 3351
- Improvements to video and audio-only tiles layout
- Self-service billing
- Support for Poly headset buttons
- Updates to the StarLeaf Data Processing Addendum (DPA)
- Issues resolved
- What version am I on?
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.
Requires apps 4.10. Windows and macOS only.
Background noise in your work environment such as keyboard typing, fan noise, dogs barking, and other noises will now be filtered out from your audio to create a better meeting experience for everyone.
Requires Portal 6.10
People using StarLeaf in different organizations who join your meeting now have an enhanced meeting experience with access to the following features:
- In-meeting chat
- Raise and lower own hand
- Layout options
- Participant list visibility
These features will only be available to all participants when each organization in the meeting has been upgraded to Portal 6.10.
Requires apps 4.9 and Portal 6.9
You can now initiate chats with users from different StarLeaf organizations. Send messages and share files to anyone on StarLeaf, outside of your own organization.
To start a chat with someone external, use the New chat button on the Today or Chat tab and enter their full email address.
If the user is not yet on StarLeaf, you will have the option to invite them. Messaging between organizations is currently available for one-to-one chats only, not group chats.
For more information about sending files and messages, go here.
Requires apps 4.8
You can now hide any one-to-one or group chat from your Chats tab, with archiving.
To archive a chat on desktop, right-click on a chat and select Archive. To archive a chat on mobile, press and hold on a chat, and select Archive.
For more information, go to Archiving a chat.
Requires Windows 4.10 and macOS 4.10Schedule StarLeaf meetings in just a few clicks.
Requires Windows 4.9 and macOS 4.10Start messaging with anyone on StarLeaf.
Requires Windows 4.9 and macOS 4.9Invite friends, colleagues, or anyone else to join you on StarLeaf.
Requires apps 4.9
In Audio & video settings, you can now set the microphone and speakers to be the same as your system settings, for example, the microphone and speakers used by your Windows laptop.
Requires apps 4.9
In the Background tab in Audio & video settings, there is now a link to browse and download from the StarLeaf background collection. Images from this collection are the correct file type and resolution to replace your background with.
Requires apps 4.9
StarLeaf now supports virtual backgrounds with devices using the following AMD or NVidia graphics cards:
- Intel HD Graphics: Generation 9 or later
- NVidia: any card that supports Direct3D Feature Level 12.0
- AMD: any card that supports Direct3D Feature Level 12.0
Requires apps 4.10
Improvements in the performance of StarLeaf on your laptop and mobile devices have been made. As a result, you will experience:
- Reduced battery drain while in a StarLeaf video call.
- Reduced CPU usage while in a StarLeaf video call. This will help to reduce the fan noise from your laptop.
Requires version 4.9
For StarLeaf rooms that use a GT Mini or GT 3351 codec, you can now choose to keep the room system’s camera active when you are locally sharing content. This is useful if you are using your laptop to join a third-party meeting, but want to share content to the room’s screen, and use its camera for the meeting.
To do this, enable the Camera keep awake while local content is shown setting from the Edit room page on the StarLeaf Portal, then connect your laptop to the room system using the HDMI and USB cables provided.
Admins must first contact StarLeaf Support to enable this setting for their organization.
When you are in a meeting, participants who have joined the meeting with video turned on, are now given priority over audio-only participants in the tiles view.
For example, in grid layout, if there are 25 video participants and more audio-only participants, the video participants will be shown in the top 25 tiles at the start of the meeting or before anyone speaks.
If an audio-only participant speaks, their tile will come into view, replacing a video participant’s tile. The audio-only participant will then remain visible in the tiles until they are no longer in the top 25 speakers.
You can now purchase licenses for your organization with a credit card through StarLeaf. This will work worldwide but is currently only available in UK pounds. Other currencies will be added over the next month.
For more information, go to Upgrade your StarLeaf account.
Requires Windows app 4.10
With StarLeaf for Windows, you can now use call controls with the buttons on certain Poly headsets:
- Mute/unmute microphone*
- Answer and end a call
- Adjust the volume of the call
*To use push-to-talk, you must still use the space bar to unmute your microphone.
See here for a list of supported headsets.
Functionality may vary depending on the headset you have. Refer to Poly documentation for more information.
View the updated StarLeaf DPA document on the StarLeaf and GDPR compliance page.
This DPA is updated as of 2 June 2021 and is incorporated into and subject to the terms and conditions of your Service Agreement as an addendum. For questions concerning this document, please contact your StarLeaf representative or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Select a release below to display the bug fixes and improvements effective in that release.
|31989||In a previous version, sometimes scheduling a StarLeaf meeting using Outlook calendar delegation failed. This issue has now been resolved.|
|31859, 31232||If you sign up to StarLeaf with a personal email address, you can now use instant messaging in StarLeaf as you will automatically receive a Basic license. In previous versions, instant messaging was not available to people who created StarLeaf organizations using personal email addresses. You will also have the option to upgrade your license from StarLeaf.|
|31433, 31430||General improvements to the meeting launcher page for people who have not yet downloaded StarLeaf.|
|31401||Improvements to audio quality.|
|29632||In certain circumstances, the layout selection in meetings created using the Scheduler for Office 365 did not use the organization default as set in the Portal. This is now fixed and the meeting will adopt the organization default unless manually changed.|
|27583||In a previous version, green Join buttons did not always appear on room systems for third-party meetings such as Zoom or Teams (when MultiJoin was being used). This is now fixed and any room that is invited to a MultiJoin meeting receives a green Join button.|
|25288||General improvement to the experience of using the Hold functionality in meetings.|
|31808||When you joined a meeting using the Join meeting button on the sign-in screen for StarLeaf, the in-meeting chat would sometimes be unavailable. This issue is now fixed.|
|31372, 31370, 31230||For non-StarLeaf users who joined through a meeting link in a Chrome or Edge browser, the guiding green arrow sometimes pointed in the wrong direction. This is now fixed.|
|29761||Instant meetings created in StarLeaf using the Start new meeting button are no longer editable in the Portal.|
|29601||In a previous version, when you edited a single occurrence of a Microsoft Teams meeting series that a StarLeaf room was invited to, the green button on the StarLeaf room did not always appear for that single meeting occurrence. This is now fixed.|
|StarLeaf on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android|
|31819||In previous versions, if you did not have an internet connection when starting the app, StarLeaf did not display any conversations and the Chats tab was blank. This is now fixed and in no-network conditions, a history of your chats is still displayed.|
|31490||A StarLeaf message has been added to the beginning of every chat conversation to advise you that “all messages in this chat are encrypted”.|
StarLeaf on Windows
|31251||If you have a missed call, a notification badge now appears on the StarLeaf icon in your taskbar.|
|29709||In previous versions, while you were in a meeting, you did not always receive notification badges on the StarLeaf icon in your taskbar when you received a message to one of your group chats. This has now been fixed.|
|StarLeaf on Android|
|29182||When you are in a meeting, a new hint pops up to recommend that you turn your device landscape for a better view and meeting experience.|
|StarLeaf on Windows, macOS, and Android|
|30826, 30825, 30824||
Forwarding a message now requires a second step to confirm forwarding. Following feedback, this was implemented to help prevent users from accidentally sharing a message with the wrong group or person.
|StarLeaf on Windows and macOS|
|31057||General improvements to the StarLeaf text that is shown in the user interface when you start a chat with someone.|
StarLeaf on Windows
|31190||If you type starleaf://open or starleaf:// into your browser, you will be prompted to open StarLeaf if you have it.|
|StarLeaf on iOS|
|30235||The cursor was sometimes difficult to see in the Type contact name field when you were trying to add a member to a group. The color and appearance of the cursor has been improved.|
|StarLeaf on Windows and macOS|
|30798||General improvement to the user experience when uploading a custom background image.|
StarLeaf on macOS
|31054, 31078||General improvements to the appearance of icons and text in the app.|
|StarLeaf on iOS|
|25336||In certain circumstances, switching between calls did not always work; if you answered a second call and placed the first call on hold, this could cause the call on hold to end unexpectedly. This issue is now fixed.|
|30909||In previous versions, if you changed a group’s privacy, a spinner could appear and the back button became unreadable. This is now fixed.|
|30939||General improvement to the user interface of the Do not disturb feature.|
For instructions on how to find out what version of Portal or StarLeaf you are on, select one of the following:
- Log in to StarLeaf Portal
- On the page footer, select About
This opens a version report such as the one below where you can find the Portal version number you are currently on.
On StarLeaf for desktop, go to the Account tab to view the app version you are currently on.
- On StarLeaf for mobile devices, go to the Account tab.
- Scroll down and select About to view the app version you are currently on.