A brand new Whereby meeting experience — and a new brand!

Exciting changes coming to Whereby

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Nov 11, 2019 · 5 min read

In August, we announced that appear.in would change name to Whereby and now the change is complete; today we are introducing the new visual profile for Whereby! Along with the facelift we are also rolling out a major upgrade to the in-room meeting experience, with several improvements to make your meetings even better.

What’s new?

A major facelift for our meeting experience: new responsive web version

Whereby has always been about removing the friction from starting a video meeting, letting users join meetings with one click. We’ve now invested even more in this by expanding our new web version to be responsive and work on both mobile and desktop.

iOS browser support lowering the barrier to joining a meeting

Guests can now join Whereby meetings directly in Safari on iOS
Guests can now join Whereby meetings directly in Safari on iOS

Building trust and confidence with new welcome pages

That is why we have built a new experience for the welcome pages leading into a meeting: first guiding guests through giving microphone and camera permissions in their browser, checking that their devices are working, and reassuring them that they have come to the right place. For Pro and Business customers, branding will get a more prominent place in the welcome pages, letting guests feel like they’re meeting you, not your video service. We hope this will let you start meetings in a stress-free way, and inspire confidence when inviting new guests. For repeat guests this will remember your preferences from the last meeting, so they can join straight away. Regular users can choose to skip this step.

Responsive navigation and menus

We have also made lots of upgrades of the video layout, and given video frames rounded corners for a softer and more human look. To give more space to videos, participants who have both camera and microphone off will be minimized to a small avatar tile. Chat messages will now be shown as a speaking bubble next to the person posting a message.

Emoji reactions

React with emojis without having to interrupt the speaker 🤗
React with emojis without having to interrupt the speaker 🤗

Larger meetings with up to 50 participants

Larger Whereby meetings will let people join as an audience when a few people are presenting.
Larger Whereby meetings will let people join as an audience when a few people are presenting.

A new look for Whereby

Due to a legal trademark issue, we were forced to stop using the appear.in domain before we had a new visual identity ready for Whereby. We have spent the past several months working together with the extremely talented folks at design agency Heydays, and are very excited to now roll out a new look for the whole product and introduce our new logo!

Read about our vision and how we designed the new visual profile.

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