Release notes for Zoom Rooms Windows attached controller

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Note: These updates are for the Zoom Rooms attached Windows controller, which is part of the Zoom Rooms for Windows software. For updated to the Zoom Rooms Windows controller app on the Microsoft Store, click here

Upcoming Release

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


Current Release

April 24, 2022 version 5.10.3 (1320)

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Zoom Whiteboard
      The virtual whiteboarding experience has been redesigned to bring you the all-new Zoom Whiteboard, a cross-platform visual collaboration solution. With Zoom Whiteboard, you can brainstorm and collaborate on a persistent, expandable, digital canvas. All Zoom Rooms can open, view and save whiteboards from a desktop client paired to the Zoom Room. Zoom Rooms for Touch can also create and save whiteboards. This feature is separate from the “classic” whiteboard feature, which will continue to be available. The administrative controls for the new Zoom Whiteboard on Zoom Rooms are found in the Zoom web portal on the Zoom Rooms account settings page, and on the pages for lower tiers of the Zoom Rooms location hierarchy. 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

Previous Release

Note: The information in the past release notes may have been superseded by subsequent release notes.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

April 2, 2022 version 5.10.0 (1233)

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • User interface updates
      The Zoom Rooms user interface (UI) has been updated to provide a more consistent experience. The new UI aligns with the Zoom desktop and mobile clients, matches Zoom’s current branding, and provides an optimized information architecture to better meet user needs. The in-meeting experience has been updated for Windows, Mac, and iPad Zoom Rooms. It has also been updated for Zoom Rooms Appliances and iOS and Android Zoom Rooms controllers. The out-of-meeting experience has been updated for Windows-attached and Web Zoom Rooms controllers. See our blog post for more information. 
    • Removal of Calendar Integration error message
      Previously, when a Zoom Room was not linked to a calendar, a prominent error on the Zoom Rooms Controller home page appeared: "This room needs to be connected to a calendar. Contact your Zoom Rooms admin". This error message has been updated to suggest that connection to a calendar is not mandatory. Organizations that do not wish to connect their Zoom Rooms to a calendar can have their admins hide the upcoming meetings list on Zoom Rooms Controllers, which removes the message completely.
    • Troubleshooting logs for Microsoft Teams meetings
      Participants in a Microsoft Teams Direct Guest Join meeting can send logs to Microsoft.
  • In-meeting features
    • Live transcription (automated captions) notification
      If saving transcripts (captions) is disabled for the meeting, attendees will be notified. 
    • Support for Smart Gallery
      Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery view displays multiple video feeds from a single conference room. This allows the Zoom Rooms cameras to focus more closely on participants and display these people more clearly to remote attendees. Smart gallery is enabled by tapping Multi-stream on the Zoom Room Controller. More info.
    • Enhanced in-meeting user abuse reporting
      Users submitting reports will be required to include their email addresses.
    • Screen sharing indicator
      The green Share Content button on the room controller will change to a red Sharing Content button when a screen share initiated by the Zoom Room is in progress.
    • Virtual background delay
      If a user’s virtual background fails to load, a prompt will appear with the option to start the video without it.
    • Focus mode
      In focus mode, only the host can see participants’ videos or profile pictures when video is off. Participant screen sharing can only be viewed by the host, who can switch between multiple shared screens and allow participants to view others’ shared screens. Administrators can enable Focus mode for use in meetings via the web portal.
  • Management features
    • Microsoft calendar authentication notification
      Microsoft plans to disable basic authentication for Microsoft Exchange Web Services for Office 365. If a Zoom Room calendar integration to a Microsoft O365 calendar service encounters authentication errors because of this change, a notification message will display.  Customers are encouraged to update any Zoom Rooms calendar integration with Microsoft O365 to use OAuth instead of basic authentication by re-authorizing their calendar integration in the Zoom admin portal. 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

January 9, 2022 version 5.9.3 (911)

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes 

December 20, 2021 version 5.9.0 (801)

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Support for Host Keys 
      Zoom Rooms users can join a meeting and enter the Host Key to claim the host privileges for that meeting.
  • In-meeting features
    • Viewing webinar participants 
      Zoom Room users can view attendees and panelists in a webinar.
    • Support for Network Device Interface (NDI) 
      Video producers can use Network Device Interface (NDI) with Zoom Rooms to create custom visual experiences from individual video streams. Meeting or Webinar video is sent via NDI to the network and, from there, production teams can use NDI enabled applications to modify the video.
    • Active Apps Notifier Enhancements 
      The Active Apps Notifier will only be displayed to attendees if an app has accessed data during an on-going meeting. When the Notifier is displayed, it will categorize the type of meeting data that the third party app is accessing.
    • Additional security features 
      Hosts can hide profile pictures, suspend participant activities and start video for participants.
    • Immersive view 
      Recreate the feel of your class or conference room by placing video participants onto a single virtual background. Participants are automatically placed onto provided scenes, but the host can upload their own custom background and adjust the arrangements as needed.
    • Adjust the volume during a local screen share
    • Virtual background enhancements 
      Account admins can require users to use virtual background when their video is on, as well as set a default virtual background from the default or custom uploaded options. If a device does not support virtual background and the attempt is made to turn it on, the participant will be notified and their video turned off.
  • Management features
    • Support for Graph API 
  • Zoom for Home features
    • Blurred background 
      Zoom for home users can choose to blur their backgrounds rather than selecting a specific virtual background. This provides added privacy when a branded background is unavailable or unnecessary. This is currently supported on Poly devices, Neat bars, and Portal by Facebook.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

November 8, 2021 version 5.8.3 (636)

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Archiving error notification
      Users will receive an error notification if meeting archiving fails.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

September 29, 2021 version 5.8.0 (505)

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Support for IPv6 
    • Zoom Room voice commands (Public Beta)
      Users can check-in, check-out, start a scheduled meeting, start an instant meeting, join a meeting ID, enter meeting passcodes, leave and end a meeting with voice commands. Say “Hello Zoom” to get started. This is not currently supported on computers with ARM CPUs (Apple M1).
  • In-meeting features
    • Support 49 video participants in Gallery view
      Each screen in a Zoom room can support up to 49 video participants. For example, two screens would support 98 participants and three screens 147 participants, which is the maximum number supported.
    • Italian and Vietnamese language support 
    • Report a participant 
      Meeting hosts can tap the security option while in a meeting to report a participant to Zoom trust and safety for inappropriate behavior.
    • Security features 
      Meeting hosts can tap the security option while in a meeting to easily access the following features: lock meeting, enable waiting room, disable chat, disable participant renaming, disable screen sharing for others, remove participant, report a participant.
    • Host selection when leaving a meeting
      The host will be prompted to assign a new host before leaving the meeting
    • Waiting room 
      Hosts in direct share meetings or phone calls will be able to allow or prevent participants from joining their meetings when waiting room is enabled.
    • Enhanced data privacy notices 
      In-context user education for various features, such as whiteboard, closed captioning, and others, informs the user who can see, save, and share the information before they provide it.
    • Searching participants 
      Zoom Rooms users can search for participants from the participants list in a meeting.
    • Video virtual background support with green screen 
    • Additional Smart Camera Modes 
    • In-meeting chat replies 
      Meeting participants in a Zoom Room can reply to in-meeting chat messages with a Zoom Rooms controller or using a Zoom Rooms touch screen.
    • Ability to delete chat messages 
      In-meeting chat messages that are deleted by a meeting or webinar host will also be deleted from the Zoom Rooms in that meeting.
  • Management features
    • Disclaimer messages
      Administrators can configure disclaimer messages that will appear for the following actions: start meeting, join meeting, host recording start.
  • Controller features
    • Country selection when dialing 
      Country flags have been replaced with country names.
    • Check out
      Users who end a scheduled meeting early will have the option to check out and free up the room for other users.
    • Error code customization 
  • Zoom for Home features
    • Support for joining onZoom sessions 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

July 1, 2021 version 5.7.0 (144)

New and enhanced features

  • Controller features
    • Support for Poly GC8 USB controller

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

July 27, 2021 version 5.7.3 (248)

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

July 1, 2021 version 5.7.0 (144)

New and enhanced features

  • Controller features
    • Support for Poly GC8 USB controller

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

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