Final tips to launch you into using the Webex app for messaging

It has finally arrived. The end of July and, along with it, the closing of Skype for Business.

To help with the transition to the new Webex app, we have published a series of articles in The Star. Although the new Webex app is able to perform many of the main functions of the Webex Meetings desktop app, the initial focus has been on messaging.

If you have not yet set up your Webex for messaging, now is the time to do it!

The Webex app will eventually become the only Webex you need, but for now, you will still have the Webex Meetings Desktop app installed on your computer. This is helpful if you teach in D2L, because the Webex Meetings Desktop app is what automatically launches when you start a Webex for class or office hours.

Just like the Webex app, the default behavior of the Webex Meetings Desktop app is to launch at system boot, when you log into your computer. To avoid having meeting notifications from both apps popping up on your desktop, you can change the auto start feature of the Webex Meetings Desktop app to not load automatically.

  • Click on the gear icon at the top of the Webex Meetings Desktop app and select “Preferences.”
  • Go to the “General” tab.
  • Review the status of the check box for “Start Webex Meetings desktop app when Windows starts.” If it is checked, the app will automatically load.
  • Choose your preference and click “Apply.”
  • Close the “Preferences” window.

The next time you restart your computer, the change will take effect. You can, of course, still launch the app manually as needed.

These articles have provided a brief overview to get you started in the Webex app, and the information in them will be combined into a 5Star Knowledge Base article for your later review.

For now, you can find a detailed description of the Webex app in the “Webex Client” article in the 5Star Knowledge Base. This article will give you a thorough explanation of installing the Webex app. Be sure to review the “Webex Essentials” link included in the article as well.
If you have newly installed the new Webex app, there is one very important final step in this process. If you use Outlook – either the web or desktop app – to schedule your Webex meetings, you will need to configure the Webex Scheduler in the Outlook Web app. You can access the Outlook Web app by logging into myLCC and clicking the Outlook Web link at the top of the myLCC window. Please review the 5Star Knowledge Base article “Accessing Webex via Outlook 365” for information.
For more information about the new Webex, please watch the following videos.