Release notes for December 20, 2021

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Release notes for the Zoom client

For full notes including version numbers, please see the operating system release notes. 
Windows | macOS | Linux | Android* | iOS*  

*Note: The mobile releases require additional approval from their respective app stores and may take a few additional days to be available for download.

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Upgrade to 64-bit within Check for Updates - Windows
      When users are checking for updates on a 64-bit device and have the 32-bit version of the desktop client installed, they will be updated to the latest version of the 64-bit client instead. This upgrade is distributed to a percentage of random, eligible users every day. 
    • Observe privacy settings of calendar events - Windows, macOS
      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.
    • Improved and expanded emoji support - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      Our emoji suite has been upgraded to provide almost 900 more emojis for use in in-meeting chat and Zoom chat. These new emojis include various skin tones and are Unicode 13.1 compatible.
    • Additional MSI/PLIST/GPO/MDM options
      • DisableUpdateTo64Bit - Prevent automatic upgrade to 64-bit client - Windows
        Disabled by default, this prevents the desktop client from automatically choosing and installing the 64-bit version of the client when downloading and installing a new version.
      • DisableManualClosedCaptioning - Prevent use of manual closed captioning - Windows, macOS
        Disabled by default, this prevents the use of manual, user-entered captioning in meetings and webinars.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Save custom gallery view order - Windows, macOS, iOS (iPad only)
      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
    • Schedule meetings with Focus mode - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      Hosts can schedule a meeting with Focus mode to be started automatically when the meeting starts, in order to provide less distractions to all meeting participants.
    • Disable Broadcast Message from host to breakout rooms - Windows, macOS, Linux
      Admins on the account can now disable the ability for meeting hosts to broadcast messages to all breakout room participants.
  • Webinar features
    • Enhanced panelist authentication option - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      Webinar hosts can require panelists to be signed-in with the account associated with the email they are set as a panelist 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.
  • Chat features
    • Preview public channels - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
      Public channels can be previewed before joining and will show the channel name, description, number of members, and some recent messages. Previewing is not available when Advanced Chat Encryption is turned on, and recent messages will not show if the channel admin has restricted new members from seeing previous messages.
    • Enhanced search when tagging a channel - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
      Enhancements when tagging a channel in a chat message allow users to type any string of characters to find and tag the channel
    • Enhancements to group chats - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
      Various enhancements to group chats in order to improve discoverability. The display of users in a group chat is enhanced to make it easier to distinguish between group chats. Additionally, users can give a group chat a topic, without having to convert it into a channel.
    • GIF send enhancement - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      When selecting a GIF from the GIPHY search panel, the GIF will be displayed in the message compose box. Additional text can be added before sending the GIF.
    • Recent search history - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      Search will show you a history of your recent searches, and selecting one will perform that search again.
    • Missed meeting call button - Windows, macOS
      When contacts attempt to call you to join a video meeting and you are unavailable, these missed meeting calls will be centrally located so that you can quickly check what you missed, with the ability to jump to the chat or channel or start a video call based on the missed meeting call.
    • Save video to local device - Android, iOS
      Videos sent through Zoom Chat can now be saved locally to mobile devices.
  • Zoom App features
    • Pre-approved app notification - Windows, macOS
      Apps that have been pre-approved by account admins will now notify users of their new status and availability for installation. This notification will only appear for users or user groups the app has been pre-approved for.
    • Support for Zoom Apps in Breakout Rooms - Windows, macOS
      Zoom Apps can now be accessed and used while in Breakout Rooms. This feature requires version 5.8.3 or higher.
  • Phone features
    • Video greetings and videomail - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
      If enabled by the admin, users can record a video greeting that is played for missed inbound calls from other Zoom Phone users in the same account. These users can then leave a video voicemail message (videomail) that can be played back.
    • Transfer calls in Desktop Power User experience (Power Pack) - Windows, macOS
      Users with the Power Pack add-on can search for contacts and transfer calls directly from the Desktop Power User experience, without having to open the main Zoom client window.

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 - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding short-form Youtube links not providing a link preview in Zoom chat - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding meeting titles with Japanese characters are erased - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding the inability to make certain international calls to numbers located in Uruguay - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding 8:9 aspect ratio videos playing incorrectly in a meeting - Windows, macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding 1080p video in Gallery view - Windows, macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding not being able to join different meetings simultaneously on desktop when enabled - Windows, macOS
  • Resolve an issue regarding chat syncing between desktop and mobile devices - Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding importing contacts from O365 - Windows
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding proxy settings and split tunneling - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding the selected portion of shared screen moving up slightly after stopping/starting sharing - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding EnforceAppSignInToJoin and AutoSSOLogin MSI options - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding Jabra headsets’ mute/unmute not syncing with Zoom - macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding Remote Support not being available to participants - macOS
  • Resolve an issue regarding color discrepancies when using a U-Tap SDI to USB capture device - macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding the wrong view being visible when sharing your desktop and the view is minimized - macOS

Note: The Create, remove, rename breakout rooms after launch feature was pulled from release due to issues with deployment, and will be available in another upcoming release.


Release notes for Zoom for Intune

For full notes including version numbers, please see the operating system release notes. 
Intune for Android | Intune for iOS

Note: The mobile releases require additional approval from their respective app stores and may take a few additional days to be available for download.

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Improved and expanded emoji support - Android, iOS
      Our emoji suite has been upgraded to provide almost 900 more emojis for use in in-meeting chat and Zoom chat. These new emojis include various skin tones and are Unicode 13.1 compatible.
    • Additional MSI/PLIST/GPO/MDM options
      • DisableManualClosedCaptioning - Prevent use of manual closed captioning - iOS
        Disabled by default, this prevents the use of manual, user-entered captioning in meetings and webinars.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Save custom gallery view order - iOS (iPad only)
      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
    • Schedule meetings with Focus mode - Android, iOS
      Hosts can schedule a meeting with Focus mode to be started automatically when the meeting starts, in order to provide less distractions to all meeting participants.
  • Webinar features
    • Enhanced panelist authentication option - Android, iOS
      Webinar hosts can require panelists to be signed-in with the account associated with the email they are set as a panelist 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.
  • Chat features
    • Preview public channels - Android, iOS
      Public channels can be previewed before joining and will show the channel name, description, number of members, and some recent messages. Previewing is not available when Advanced Chat Encryption is turned on, and recent messages will not show if the channel admin has restricted new members from seeing previous messages.
    • Enhanced search when tagging a channel - Android, iOS
      Enhancements when tagging a channel in a chat message allow users to type any string of characters to find and tag the channel
    • Enhancements to group chats - Android, iOS
      Various enhancements to group chats in order to improve discoverability. The display of users in a group chat is enhanced to make it easier to distinguish between group chats. Additionally, users can give a group chat a topic, without having to convert it into a channel.
    • GIF send enhancement - Android, iOS
      When selecting a GIF from the GIPHY search panel, the GIF will be displayed in the message compose box. Additional text can be added before sending the GIF.
    • Recent search history - Android, iOS
      Search will show you a history of your recent searches, and selecting one will perform that search again.
    • Save video to local device - Android, iOS
      Videos sent through Zoom Chat can now be saved locally to mobile devices.
  • Phone features
    • Video greetings and videomail - Android, iOS
      If enabled by the admin, users can record a video greeting that is played for missed inbound calls from other Zoom Phone users in the same account. These users can then leave a video voicemail message (videomail) that can be played back.

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 - Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding short-form Youtube links not providing a link preview in Zoom chat - Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding meeting titles with Japanese characters are erased - Android, iOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding the inability to make certain international calls to numbers located in Uruguay - Android, iOS
  • Resolve an issue regarding chat syncing between desktop and mobile devices - Android, iOS

Note: The Create, remove, rename breakout rooms after launch feature was pulled from release due to issues with deployment, and will be available in another upcoming release.


Release notes for Outlook plugin

New and enhanced features

  • Observe privacy settings of calendar events - Windows
    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.
  • Schedule meetings with Focus mode - Windows
    When scheduling a meeting with the Zoom for Outlook plugin, users can enable Focus mode to start automatically when the meeting starts, in order to provide fewer distractions to all meeting participants.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Resolved an issue regarding auto-generated passcodes not honoring minimum passcode requirements.
  • Resolved an issue where the Outlook plugin was stuck in a loading state when scheduling a meeting with more than 50 invitees.

Release notes for IBM Notes plugin

New and enhanced features

  • Schedule meetings with Focus mode
    When scheduling a meeting with the IBM Notes plugin, users can enable Focus mode to start automatically when the meeting starts, in order to provide fewer distractions to all meeting participants.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

Release notes for Zoom Rooms

For full notes including version numbers, please see the operating system release notes. 
Windows | macOS | AppliancesZoom Phone Appliances | iOS controller | Android controller | Windows attached controller | iPad

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Display gender pronouns  - Win, Mac, Appliances, ZP Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, iPad
      If enabled by account admins and added to their profile by either the user directly or through SAML mapping, a user’s gender pronouns are displayed in their contact card and as part of their display name in meetings and webinars.
    • Updates to sign in and pre-meeting user interface - Mac, iOS zrc, Android zrc
    • Support for joining Google Meet meetings via PEXIP invite SIP URL - Win, Mac, Appliances, iPad
      Zoom Rooms can join Google Meet meetings via PEXIP invites with audio and video. Clicking the invite will dial the SIP URL of the meeting. 
    • Improvements to meeting invitations - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      Meeting invitation requests are more visible on small displays. 
    • Support for Check-in and Check-out API - Appliances
      The Zoom Rooms check-in feature helps maximize room utilization. Use this API to check in and confirm that you are utilizing the room reservation, or to check out of the room so that the room gets released from the scheduled meeting and is made available for others to use. 
    • Support for Logitech whiteboard camera with Rally bar - Appliances
    • HDMI input as a second in-meeting camera - Appliances
      Users can connect their HDMI camera to a Poly device HDMI content input to use as a second in-meeting camera.
    • Support for Neat Frame - Appliances
    • Transfer meetings between devices - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      Seamlessly transfer meetings from mobile/desktop devices to a Personal Zoom Room device. 
    • Support for Host Keys - Win zrc, Web zrc
      Zoom Rooms users can join a meeting and enter the Host Key to claim the host privileges for that meeting.
  • In-meeting features
    • Local only screen share - Win, Mac
      Users can make screen shares visible only to themselves when sharing with HDMI. This allows a user to read notes in a meeting that are not visible to other participants.
    • Optional Reclaim Host when rejoining - Win, Mac, Appliances, ZP appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, iPad
      When the original host of a meeting rejoins, they are now given the option to reclaim host controls or remain as a participant, in order to not disrupt the current host.
    • Support for Active Speaker with Smart Gallery - Appliances
      Remote users will be able to identify the active speaker in a room with Smart Gallery enabled. This feature is currently supported on Poly X30 and X50.
    • Participant list improvement to Smart Gallery - Win, Appliance, iOS zrc, Android zrc
    • Support for Smart Gallery in locked meetings - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc
    • End meeting option for Microsoft Teams Direct Guest Join - Win, Appliances
      Zoom Rooms for Touch devices will be able to exit browser screens opened by joining a third party meeting. 
    • Profile pictures return when Focus Mode is turned off - Win, Mac, Appliances, Zoom Phone Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, iPad
    • Gallery view default - Windows, Mac, Appliances, Zoom Phone Appliances
      The Zoom Room’s video will appear in the second place of the gallery view by default. 
    • Zoom Room avatar on Shared Zoom Rooms - Win, Mac, Applianced, iOS zrc, Android zrc
      When a Zoom Room is in a meeting the room’s avatar will be displayed. If no avatar is configured a new default avatar will be shown. 
    • On-screen speaker label - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      The active speaker label will appear consistently during a screen share and when the active speaker’s video is off. 
    • Attendee annotation - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      Meeting hosts can allow or prohibit attendee annotation on shared content.
    • Follow meeting host video order - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      Meeting hosts on the Zoom client can drag and drop participant videos into a different position in gallery view and then broadcast this change to participants in a Zoom Room.
    • Disable annotation during a screen share - Appliances, ZP Appliances
      Zoom Rooms Touch users can disable annotation during a screen share. 
    • Improvements to large meeting experience - Appliances, ZP Appliances
    • Viewing webinar participants - Win zrc, Web zrc
      Zoom Room users can view attendees and panelists in a webinar.
    • Support for Network Device Interface (NDI) - Win zrc, Web zrc
      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 - Win zrc, Web zrc
      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 - Win zrc, Web zrc
      Hosts can hide profile pictures, suspend participant activities and start video for participants.
    • Immersive view - Win zrc, Web zrc
      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 - Win zrc, Web zrc
    • Virtual background enhancements - Win zrc, Web zrc
      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 - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, Win zrc, Web zrc, iPad
    • Disable phone controls - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, iPad
      Administrators can disable or enable phone controls on Zoom Rooms controllers for rooms without 3rd party SIP or Zoom Phone entitlement. This setting can be disabled on accounts with an active audio plan. 
    • Zoom room display name - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc
      Administrators can customize the name that appears on the Zoom Rooms display screen and on the Zoom web portal. This allows administrators to choose shorter display names that do not include things like location prefixes.
    • Disable in-meeting chat - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc, iPad
      Administrators can disable the display of in-meeting chat for Zoom Rooms. 
    • Improvements for Digital Signage - Win, Mac, Appliances, iPad
      Administrators can choose to have Digital Signage content displayed whenever the Zoom Room is not in a meeting. A scheduled meeting will not stop the content from being displayed.  
    • Zoom Rooms kiosk/virtual receptionist - iPad
      Administrators can enable kiosk mode which will allow visitors to use the Zoom room to call a receptionist.
  • Controller features
    • Support for Apple Account Deletion on iOS mobile Zoom Rooms Controllers - iOS zrc
  • Zoom for Home features
    • Support for iPad - iPad
      Zoom for home features are accessible on iPad devices using the Zoom Rooms Controller App. This requires iPad OS 14.0 or later. 
    • Support for Amazon FireTV Omni Series - Appliances
    • Support for advanced features on Personal Zoom Rooms - Win, Mac, Appliances, iOS zrc, Android zrc
      Administrators can make Personal Zoom Rooms a Pro device to get access to the advanced features. Designating a Personal Zoom Room as a Pro device will assign a standard Zoom Rooms license. 
    • Blurred background - Win zrc, Web zrc
      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.
  • Zoom Phone Appliances
    • Ability to add/delete contacts
    • Call Park
      Parking a call allows you to hold calls in a virtual location and retrieve them from a desk phone or client.
    • Support for Yealink VP59 HDMI
      Yealink VP59 devices have an HDMI out port that allows users to extend the device’s view to an external display monitor. Users can switch the view between the VP59 screen and an external display.
    • Support for End-to-end (E2E) encryption on phone calls
    • Support for voicemail transcription
    • Support for Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE)
    • Support for audio Intercom calls
    • QR code login for shared office/common area devices

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

 

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