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Release status

Summer 2021 is currently being rolled out between May 2021 and October 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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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

Delegated calendar support: StarLeaf Scheduler for Outlook Exchange Server

Requires Portal 6.11

The StarLeaf Scheduler now supports delegated calendar functionality. If you have permissions to edit another person’s calendar, you can schedule a StarLeaf meeting on their behalf.

For more information and requirements, go to About delegated calendars.

Block a user

Requires apps 4.12 and Portal 6.11

You can now immediately block any user who is outside of your organization from sending you a message. You can unblock a user if you have confirmed their identity and want to allow communication from them. Blocked users cannot add you to any group chats.

New buttons on Today tab

Schedule meeting: Schedule StarLeaf meetings in just a few clicks. Windows only. Requires 4.10

New chat: Start messaging with anyone on StarLeaf. Requires Windows 4.9 and macOS 4.10

Invite people: Invite friends, colleagues, or anyone else to join you on StarLeaf. Requires Windows 4.9 and macOS 4.9

Profile pictures for external contacts

Requires apps 4.11 and Portal 6.11

Chats with people outside your organization now display their profile picture:

Background noise suppression

Requires Windows 4.10 and macOS, iOS, and Android 4.11

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.

Sharing meeting details from the Meetings tab

macOS only. Requires 4.11.

From the Meetings tab, you can now copy and share the details of any meeting. Click either the sharing icon in the top right-hand corner, or hover your mouse and click on a specific heading in the meeting details pane:

This feature is coming soon for Windows.

Messaging between organizations

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.

For more information about sending files and messages, go here.

Group chats between organizations

Requires apps 4.10 and Portal 6.10

You can now add users from different StarLeaf organizations to your group chats. External people can also add you to their StarLeaf group chats.

To add someone external to your group, go the group details pane, Add member and enter their full email address.

The person you add will receive an invite to join the group which they can accept or remove. External members cannot become group admins.

Archive chats

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.

Same as system audio option

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.

Virtual background collection

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.

Virtual backgrounds for NVidia and AMD devices

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

Enhanced sleep controls for GT Mini and GT 3351

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.

Improvements to video and audio-only tiles layout

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.

Self-service billing

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.

Support for Poly headset buttons

Requires Windows app 4.10 or macOS app 4.11

With StarLeaf for desktop, you can now use call controls with the buttons on certain Poly headsets:

  • Mute/unmute microphone*
  • 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.

Trusted StarLeaf badges

Requires apps 4.11

In chats, you can now recognize members of the StarLeaf team by the trusted blue tick beneath their name:

Updates to the StarLeaf Data Processing Addendum (DPA)

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 [email protected].

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
32658 If you create a new public group, it is not visible in search results for anyone. A fix for this is coming soon. A temporary workaround to make the public group visible in search results is to change the privacy to private and back to public again.
32565 For StarLeaf users on version 4.11 for desktop, when you share content into a call or meeting, the Share computer sound option does not appear in the options window. A fix for this will be in the 4.12 upgrade.