Verizon Business Drives Inclusive Engagement with New BlueJeans Meetings Features – Verizon | Hot Mobile Press

NEW YORK – Meetings aren’t working, according to a recent white paper from Verizon and the Boston Consulting Group. A problem that existed long before the pandemic, is one that has increased anytime, anywhere in today’s work environment. To better align with changing workforce dynamics, Verizon Business today announced updates to the BlueJeans Meetings desktop, mobile and portal applications to help streamline and enable more immersive, inclusive and engaging meetings.

Between the personalization of work, the great reflection, a major skills shortage across all industries, and a new generation becoming the dominant majority in the workforce, the employee experience has quickly risen to the top of the list of priorities for companies. Verizon Business is helping to foster effective collaboration with new BlueJeans Meetings features designed to personalize the meeting experience to improve interactions and engagement of individuals and teams, or eliminate the need for meetings altogether.

“No two meetings are the same, nor are the participants the same,” said Chris Lewter, VP and general manager, BlueJeans by Verizon. “Likewise, we all strive for commitment, both in our personal and professional lives. And as organizations place increasing emphasis on enhancing the employee experience to foster inclusivity and retain and attract top talent, this next phase of remote and hybrid working will be about providing the right tools to drive flexible work practices who adapt to different work engagement styles and personalities.”

Immersive meetings are more engaging

Embracing best practices and acknowledging that existing “work” expectations are outdated is a good place to start. However, creating an inclusive and productive meeting environment also requires intuitive technology to provide an immersive, fluid and effective meeting experience for all participants, regardless of their work mode – office, home or remote/field.

In the BlueJeans Meetings desktop application, enabling Weather Person Mode allows users to overlay the presenter over shared content for a more natural, inclusive experience that simulates an in-person presentation for virtual and hybrid environments. The feature allows presenters to be placed in front of any type of content or application and extends beyond slideware to create more dynamic and creative meeting opportunities. Additionally, the addition of auto-camera framing eliminates the need to purchase high-end camera equipment and the risk of human error during camera setup, while limiting distractions from zooming in to focus on the subject rather than their background.

On the BlueJeans Mobile app side, customized updates for foldable devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z series leverage every available screen to maximize the video conferencing experience and make it easier for users to focus on both the content and other meeting participants fairer and more efficient meeting experience. Similarly, scrolling participants improves the user experience in Active Speaker view to better highlight the keynote speaker and other meeting participants, and the addition of HD content and video sharing for iPhone and iPad gives mobile users the ability to stream 1080p content and -Share videos.

Personalization for Meeting Efficiency

Leaders are responsible for making hybrid work arrangements work for everyone, which requires a focus on creating more individualized and inclusive work processes for teams. New BlueJeans Meetings features that allow users to personalize the meeting experience include:

  • Multilingual subtitles and transcripts: More language options to better support diverse, distributed teams

  • Hide My View: The ability to hide your video while others can still see you reduces video fatigue caused by constant hair checks

  • Binge Meetings (iOS and iPadOS): Gives users the flexibility to easily get notified and jump into their next call

  • CallKit Support (iOS and iPadOS): CallKit support for iOS and iPadOS adds support for remote worker time management and allows users to better manage incoming calls during a BlueJeans meeting by switching without answering any of the calls to interrupt

  • Breakout Sessions: The ability to “ask for help” when sending a message allows for better communication between dispersed breakout participants

  • Virtual Backgrounds: Virtual backgrounds, available on iOS, iPadOS, and Android devices, mean more options to personalize or minimize unwanted background distractions

  • RTMP Streaming: Stream your meeting on desktop to any feed with a URL and a streaming key (previously only available in BlueJeans Events)

Additionally, updates to the BlueJeans app on the Meta Portal can help accommodate different work patterns and preferences. This includes collab board support and a split screen link for quick access to second screen login/sharing.

Providing flexible meeting and collaboration options is an important aspect to eliminate inequalities and enable a better work-life balance. With strong 2022 rankings in analyst reports and awards including a PC Mag Editor’s Choice, a TrustRadius Top Rated Award in the Web and Video Conferencing category, G2’s Best Software List for Collaboration & Productivity Products and Metrigy 2022 Top Provider for Meeting Applications Ranking BlueJeans Meetings leads the way in providing a more consistent and rich meeting experience for all users. Visit www.bluejeans.com for more information.

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