Virtual Office Desktop 6.0 comes with a good number of bug fixes and performance improvements in the Meetings interface. This is great, but there is something much bigger that we are working on and that we wanted you to know about!
8x8 recently acquired Jitsi, the leading open-source video conferencing platform. Jitsi adds some of the world’s leading experts in video communications to 8x8’s already deep technical expertise.
We are happy to announce that the new, combined team is embedding Jitsi into 8x8’s platform. This new platform will increase our pace of innovation, ensuring that 8x8 customers always have the state-of-the-art capabilities.
Specifically, this development will bring many exciting new capabilities, including:
- In-room experience
- Enhanced moderation controls
- Full featured recordings
- Live streaming to YouTube
- And more
We anticipate our new platform to be available this upcoming summer, at which point we will start transitioning customers there. Switching to Jitsi will be a very simple and backward compatible process and all existing meeting invitations will continue working. We expect migration to complete by the end of the year.
As part of this transition, we are focusing new feature development on the Jitsi-based platform. Substantial changes and updates to the existing Virtual Office Meetings platform are not expected after the Virtual Office Desktop 6.0 release. We will continue to provide full support of the legacy Meetings product for existing customers until the end of 2019 at which point it will be discontinued.
We are excited about the many improvements coming as we increase out investment and focus on the Meetings experience. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best collaboration experience.