Author: Damien McCoy
Date: September 10, 2019
Keeping Up With User Expectations
IT departments today are well aware that the applications they provide to their users need to keep up with the latest trends – in terms of functionality, ease-of-use and design. In the era of mobile apps and shadow IT, the dangers of not keeping up are apparent. Your people and teams will seek out alternative apps that give them the functionality and user experiences they expect in order to be productive and get work done.
The management overhead of monitoring and policing the apps used in your organization becomes a strain, and the security and compliance risks are significant. And with groups of users potentially using different apps to do similar tasks – collaboration and productivity can suffer too.
That’s why, as we approach each new release of Cisco Jabber, we look at ways to add key new features and enhance every aspect of your Jabber experience.
With Cisco Jabber 12.7 we’ve created a contemporary new look for Jabber, giving your users a modern experience that they expect from their enterprise applications.
Welcome to the new Cisco Jabber. Click the image to watch the video:
The investment we have made in Jabber’s new, modern look brings it into alignment with other apps across the Cisco Collaboration portfolio.
You will see a truly common look and feel, with a common user interface design shared across Cisco Jabber, Webex Teams and UC-One. Having this alignment allows users to move seamlessly from one application to the other, so as your collaboration requirements evolve you can easily migrate from one to the other without significant user change management challenges.
Are you Modern or Classic?
As default, when starting with Jabber 12.7 you’ll be presented with the new contemporary design. We have called this new design the Jabber “Modern” view. If you’re familiar with Webex Teams things will look familiar with a single window experience. However you’ll very quickly notice that, although the interface been updated, Jabber has retained the all the features you have come to love and expect. Jabber maintains its contact list, chat, calling, voicemail and even custom tab.
Still a fan of the classic Jabber window layout or want to move your users to the modern view at a later time? No problem! The default operation of Jabber 12.7 starts with the new modern design providing a single window experience, but you can also choose the alternative “Classic” view. Classic view provides a dual window experience. One window is the classic hub; with a separate window for conversations. This classic design can be selected by the administrator at a system level or the individual use can choose – you’re in control.
Tempted by the Dark Side?
We didn’t just stop with the window design; the new Jabber gives users a choice of color schemes. Stick with the default light color scheme or change things up and enjoy the new dark and high contrast schemes.
If you run Jabber in instant messaging only, phone- or full unified communications mode Jabber supports both Modern and Classic designs. Jabber in Team Messaging Mode is optimized for working in a single window, so the Modern view is the only available option.
There’s More Than Meets the Eye
The user interface design is not the only area where we have made significant enhancements. Jabber 12.7 also includes:
- Multiline calling support for desk phone control and to virtualized environments with Jabber VDI. Users can be offered up to 8 lines
- Desktop application sharing (BFCP). In addition to being able to share a whole monitor, you now choose a specific application to share – a popular request from our users and an added security and privacy measure
- Enhanced visual voicemail. You can now create voicemails and also reply to voice messages from Jabber
Team Messaging Mode Enhancements
Finally, lets cover the updates to Team Messaging Mode in Jabber 12.7. Introduced at the end of last year, Team Messaging Mode allows you to provide the modern team messaging service available in Webex Teams to your Jabber users also. This modernizes the messaging experience for Jabber users, delivering additional capabilities like persistent messaging, enhanced file transfer with preview and spaces for team collaboration. Team Messaging Mode also acts as a bridge, enabling Jabber customers to start utilizing our Webex cloud collaboration platform, enabling mixed deployments of Webex Teams and Jabber in your organization.
With Jabber 12.7 Team Messaging Mode we have provided several new capabilities which allow you to
- Share content directly from Microsoft OneDrive or Sharepoint Online
- Quote message
- Search for and communicate with BOT users
These additions demonstrate our continued commitment to Cisco Jabber, whether you are committed to continuing with on-premises unified communications or looking for a flexible solution as you make your first moves to cloud collaboration with Cisco Webex.
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