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Product Updates: March 2021 Edition 🔮


What's New 🚨

  • Google Calendar integration: We've made it easier to schedule meetings in Around! With our Google Calendar integration, you can now add your Around link to Google Calendar events with one click. Choose between a one-off meeting link or a specific room (e.g. "Manik's Party Planning Committee"). You can install the integration from your Around lobby or the Google Workspace Marketplace.

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  • Hide self-view: We've added the ability to hide your own self-view, which can further reduce the fatigue associated with seeing yourself in video calls all the time. Turn this on by right-clicking on your own video > Hide self-view or by using the shortcut [V].

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  • Slack Team Room (beta): Instead of having to add members to your team room individually, we've auto-generated a room that anyone in your Slack workspace with the Around integration has access to (you'll recognize it by the little Slack icon). Great for daily stand-ups or all-hands!

For example, this is what it might look like for our friends at basement.studio 👇

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Note: for existing teams, someone will have to reinstall the Slack extension and then the Slack team room will show up in everyone's lobby.

  • CPU performance improvements: We've made significant performance improvements, reducing CPU by as much as 20%. 🏃‍♀️

  • Pin specific people: Interested in keeping an eye on specific people's reactions while screensharing? You can do this by right-clicking on their bubble > Pin for me.

  • Mute for everyone: You can mute anyone on the call for everyone else by right-clicking on their bubble > Mute. 🔇

  • Remove people: You can remove anyone from the call for everyone else by right-clicking on their bubble > Remove from meeting.


UX Improvements ✨

  • Made icons for different statuses (e.g. microphone, EchoTerminator) less obtrusive
  • Easily show or hide the emoji/GIF panel when clicking on the text field
  • In-app notifications whenever someone joins/leaves a call or changes their mic/camera
  • End an ongoing meeting from the lobby as a room admin
  • Screensharing on Windows: We've added a yellow border so you know exactly what's being shared, in addition to removing the infamous black box that previously showed up as the Around overlay ◼️🙅
  • Using Around with our Slack integration? Be the envy of all your teammates with a crystal ball as your call icon 📞→ 🔮


Fixes 🐛

So much bug stomping, so little space. Some highlights:

macOS

  • Admins and pro users can now download .dmg macOS builds for M1 and Intel chips for custom intracompany distribution
  • Fixed issue where rooms were not showing up in the lobby for some members
  • Fixed bug with requesting remote control twice in the same meeting
  • Native screensharing permissions dialogue is now properly shown over the information window
  • Fixed issue where 1-click universal links didn't show confirmation that they were activated

macOS and Windows

  • Fixed issue where users could not unmute in specific cases
  • Fixed issue where revoking Slack access affected the account
  • Major infrastructure improvements to permanently fix the root cause of two 30-min downtime periods


Drop us a line at support@around.co if you run into any issues or just want to say hi. 😍