Release notes for the Zoom PWA

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Upcoming Release

Details about upcoming releases will be posted as they become available.

January 30, 2022 

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • New Admin Policy
      • AutoLoginWithChromeBookUserAccount - Auto-direct PWA login to Google Authentication page
        To make login quicker and easier, admins can set this policy to automatically direct PWA users to the Google Authentication page, where users can select their Google credentials.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Enhanced registrant authentication option
      Webinar and meeting-with-registration hosts can require attendees to be signed-in with the account associated with the email they registered to join with. If trying to join without being signed-in or signed-in with the wrong account, they will be notified and given the option to sign-in or switch account.
    • Save custom gallery view order
      Meeting hosts can save the customized gallery view order for subsequent meetings. The customized gallery order is saved to each unique meeting ID, which allows the host to load the saved customized gallery order to avoid continually customizing the gallery order for each meeting.
  • Meeting features
    • Create, remove, rename breakout rooms after launch
      Breakout rooms no longer need to be closed in order to rename or add/remove additional rooms. Account owners and admins can enable the ability for hosts to create, remove, and rename breakout rooms while they are open and in use. This feature must be enabled by Zoom.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue regarding dismissed Q&A submissions being seen by the submitter

Current Release

January 14, 2022

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding a black screen seen instead of the intended shared content

 Previous Releases

Note: The information in the past release notes may have been superseded by subsequent release notes. Please review all current release notes carefully. 

January 2, 2021

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • List of upcoming meetings
      The PWA will now have an additional tab, where a list of upcoming meetings can be viewed and started.
    • Observe privacy settings of calendar events
      When assigning scheduling privileges to other users in Zoom, users can choose if they can manage any meetings that were marked as private in Outlook or Google calendar. If they cannot manage private events, these users cannot see the invite link, meeting topic, or attendee list.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Watermark enhancements
      Watermarks will display the entire email address over a participant’s shared screen and video tile, as well as displayed over their video in most video layouts (Speaker, Gallery, Side-by-side). The watermark is also visibly more apparent as a tiled pattern across the video or shared screen.
    • Language support in the web client
      The in-meeting user interface will display in the same language the web browser is set.
  • Meeting features
    • Disable Broadcast Message from host to breakout rooms
      Admins on the account can now disable the ability for meeting hosts to broadcast messages to all breakout room participants.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding video quality being limited when a Teams room joins a Zoom meeting via guest join

November 28, 2021

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Relocation of hardware acceleration settings
      Settings controlling use of hardware acceleration for incoming and outgoing video are relocated to the web client settings window, freeing up space on the meeting toolbar.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Wider availability for Gallery view
      Gallery view will be available for use on more devices with lower-end hardware. Gallery view can be disabled by users if they experience low performance.
    • Compatibility enhancements for Smart Gallery
      Various enhancements for how the web client handles the multi-stream Smart Gallery view from a Zoom Room, such as moving all Zoom Room participants into a Breakout Room together, in-meeting chat messages are sent to the Zoom Room as a whole (instead of sent to individual members), and assigning the Zoom Room host controls, rather than an individual participant.
  • Meeting features
    • Add video to waiting room
      Account owners, admins, and users can add a video when customizing the appearance of the waiting room in the web portal. Participants in the Waiting Room are able to view the video while they wait for the host to allow them into the meeting. This feature is available for all paid accounts.
  • Webinar features
    • Order Q&A chronologically or by upvotes
      User submitted Q&A questions are sorted by default chronologically, with the most recent appearing at the bottom of the list. The host and panelists can also sort the questions by number of upvotes, to prioritize more popular questions.
    • Guest indicator for submitted Q&A
      Questions submitted by external attendees in a webinar will be labeled with the Guest marker, to make it clearer which questions are internally or externally submitted.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding difficulties joining breakout rooms

October 31, 2021

Note: This PWA release was delayed until November 6, 2021. 

New and enhanced features

  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Profile photos for in-meeting chat
      In-meeting chat now displays the participants’ profile photos, just as they appear in Zoom Chat. If no image is available for a participant, the participant’s initials appear. The account owner and admins can enable this for use in the Account-level web settings, and users can also control this feature in the client settings as well.
    • Non-verbal feedback enhancement: Coffee cup
      The Coffee cup option, indicating you are temporarily away from the meeting, is returning to Non-verbal feedback options in the web client.
    • Adjustable rectangle for virtual mask
      The rectangle shape used as a mask can now be adjusted in shape and size.
  • Meeting features
    • Two-way chat with Waiting Room participants
      The meeting Host and Co-hosts can now chat back-and-forth with participants in the Waiting Room. Waiting Room messages can be sent to all participants in the Waiting Room or just individual participants. Only the host/co-host can see responses from those in the Waiting Room.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

October 17, 2021

Resolved issues

  • Security enhancements

September 26, 2021

Note: The PWA/web client release has been delayed until October 3, 2021. 

New and enhanced features

  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Upload custom mask backgrounds
      Web client users can upload their own background for use with the masking feature in addition to the standard backgrounds provided by Zoom. The chosen background is persistent between sessions. Backgrounds uploaded by admins through the web portal are also available for use.
    • Poll access for alternative hosts
      If meeting hosts add alternative hosts to their meeting, they can allow alternative hosts to add or edit polls. The alternative host in the meeting will have the additional in-meeting options to add or edit a poll, which launches the web portal to make the changes.
  • Meeting features
    • Participant attendance status
      If the host has the Google or Outlook calendar integration configured, Zoom will display a list of others invited to the meeting but not yet in attendance, allowing for quick checks if everyone is in attendance yet. Their invite response (Accepted, Declined, Maybe) is listed with their name and the host can easily invite them to the meeting from the participants panel. This feature can be enabled for use in meetings at the Account-, Group-, and User-level web settings, and will initially be available only for free users as part of a beta.
    • Share screen to all Breakout Rooms
      When sharing screen in the main session, the host or co-host can share their screen to all active Breakout Rooms. Any active sharing in the breakout sessions are interrupted and any annotation or whiteboarding prompts the sharer to save them before viewing the shared screen from the host. Host and participants must be using the web client or Zoom app version 5.7.0 or higher to utilize and see this feature.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding joining a meeting from the waiting room
  • Resolved an issue regarding user IDs generated for webhooks when joining through the web client without being authenticated

August 22, 2021

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • New Admin Policy: SetAccountIDsRestricted
      Admins can restrict the PWA to joining meetings hosted by specific account IDs. An admin will need to contact Zoom Support to acquire their account ID.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Mirror video support
      The web client now supports the ability to mirror your view of your video stream.
    • Persistent device selection between sessions
      When setting your preferred webcam, speaker, and microphone, this choice will be saved for your next use. Users can still quickly switch to other devices as needed.
    • Mute and Video Off when joining a recorded/live streamed meeting
      When participants join a meeting that is already being recorded and/or live streamed, they will join with their video off and muted until they consent to the recording prompt. After consenting, they will be able to unmute and turn on their video, if the host allows them to. This brings the web client into parity with the desktop and mobile clients.
    • Support for additional reaction skin tones
      Users can choose from more skin tones for their reactions, such as Raise Hand.
  • Meeting features
    • Support for Focus Mode
      In focus mode, only the host can see participants’ videos or profile pictures when video is off. Additionally, participant’s screen sharing can only be viewed by the host, who can switch between multiple shared screens and optionally allow participants to view others’ shared screens.

June 29, 2021

Introducing the Zoom PWA
The Zoom PWA (Progressive Web App) is a new, more powerful version of the Zoom web client. This PWA, intended as a replacement for our ChromeOS app as we reach the final year of support for all ChromeOS apps, mirrors all of the same features currently available for the ChromeOS app, yet allows for more functionality planned for later this year.

 

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