Answer – When you are delivering the best possible product each and every release.
A few months ago we started a concerted effort to release a new version of Biba once every 28 days. We want our customers to have the latest and greatest – and that means moving quickly to integrate the feedback from our users back into every release. This month we took 7 extra days to get even more specific requests and improvements into our July release. Biba v2.9 is laser focused on user feedback with an emphasis on Reliability, Usability, Security and Single Sign On.
Reliability was truly a driving force in this release – with over 60% of the engineering efforts devoted to quality. In fact the entire extra week for v2.9 was focused on bug fixing and in the end we fixed over 800 bugs! As our customer base continues to grow it’s clear how important reliability is and we are proud to release the highest quality version of the product to date.
Usability was our second area of focus. Highlights include allowing users with multiple webcams to select which camera to use for video calls, the addition of keyboard shortcuts to quickly navigate within Biba and significant scheduling improvements on the desktop versions.
Users were already able to easily schedule meetings from their work calendar application, but in this release we also added a quick way to schedule from the Biba app. For those who use Google Calendar, clicking the “Schedule” icon in the Biba Launchpad and then choosing to “Schedule in Google” will automatically create a new calendar invite that includes all of the needed information for a Biba hosted meeting. Likewise, Outlook users on Windows can also pull-up a pre-populated Outlook invite.
Security was the final bucket of updates for this release. The efforts here were focused in two areas, meeting lock/unlock and additional security during account creation. Meeting organizers can now choose to lock a meeting in which case participants that are already on the call remain, but no one else can join. Both scheduled and ad hoc calls can be locked and unlocked multiple times as needed. We also added an email verification step to our account creation process to ensure proper ownership of email addresses.
Single Sign On (SSO) More and more customers have started to request SSO integration. In v2.9 we partnered with Ping Identity to provide SSO access with PingOne. We plan to offer additional SSO integrations in the future, so let us know what SSO options you would like to see.
Check back in August for another update – see you then!