Twilio Releases: Q3 2021

Join our host Madison Springgate, Product Marketing Manager, as she takes you through the latest and greatest Q3 product releases from Twilio. In this webinar, you'll learn how to drive Engagement, Connectivity, Workflow Optimization, and Trust using Twilio's Customer Engagement Platform. She's joined this quarter by developer advocate, Emily Shenfield, and special guest, Michael Barney, who will walk you through how you can build engaging experiences through video with Twilio Live, optimize IoT operations with Super SIM Connection Event Streams, and streamline workflows and empower your teams with WhatsApp Quick Replies -- complete with live, hands-on demos.

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Twilio Product Releases

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May 13, 2021

GA Flex

Flex UI 1.26 and Webchat UI 2.9 are now available, with Browser Notifications and Markdown for Web Chat now Generally Available 

This release Flex UI and WebChat UI upgrades Browser Notifications and Markdown to Generally Available. These features improve agent efficiency and customer experience for messaging interactions.

Markdown support allows agents to format Web Chat messages. This can improve the readability of longer messages. Using bold text, italics, or bulleted lists can create structure and emphasis in your agents' messages, and ensure that customers read and understand the message correctly.

Browser notifications help agents respond to tasks that require their attention in a timely manner and not miss any customer interaction when they are not focused on Flex.

To take advantage of these features, visit Flex settings to enable them for your account.

Other notable changes in Flex UI 1.26: 

  • Error reporting - Flex now reports on errors that are generated within the UI. This will help us continuously improve the quality of the application and get more insights into issues that need troubleshooting. To read more about ways to troubleshoot Flex UI, including how you can opt out of error reporting, visit our Flex docs.
  • Transfer directory hidden filters - Now you can programmatically pre-filter the list of agents or queues in the transfer directory. Agents accessing the directory to initiate a call transfer will view and search only within the prefiltered subset. For example, you can choose to only display agents who are available. To learn more about Transfer directory hidden filters, visit our Flex docs.

For more details on this release, please visit the release notes for Flex UI and WebChat UI.

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May 17, 2021

GA Flex

Plugins Dashboard and Plugins API are now Generally Available 

We are excited to announce that the Plugins Dashboard and Plugins API are now generally available and covered by Twilio SLA and support plans

The Plugins Dashboard, powered by the Plugins API, provides visibility and control to admins outside of a developer’s command line interface. The Plugins API provides modern DevOps capabilities to plugin development, including:

  • Control which plugins are enabled for your agents
  • Track your version and release history as you update Flex
  • Quickly revert to a previously known working configuration when troubleshooting agent issues

Review our dashboard guide and migration guide for more details.

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May 24, 2021

Beta Super SIM

Super SIM Connection Events on Event Stream 

Super SIM Connection Events allow you to follow a Super SIM connected device’s journey from when Twilio first sees it trying to connect to our mobile core, to when it gets connected and starts to use data, to when it ends its data session. Once a device has successfully started a data session, update events will be published while the device stays connected to give you near real-time usage information for each Super SIM.

Super SIM Connection Events are delivered via Twilio Event Stream, an API that allows you to tap into a unified stream of interactions across different Twilio products. You can stream your data to your existing systems by configuring a modern, persistent streaming technology like Amazon Kinesis, or to a webhook.

Please refer to the documentation for more details and guides on how to get started. 

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May 19, 2021

Beta Twilio SendGrid Platform

SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) 

You can now integrate Twilio SendGrid with identity and access management platforms that support SAML 2.0 such as Okta, Duo, and Microsoft Azure. Twilio SendGrid SSO integration allows you to securely and centrally manage account permissions, including password requirements, multi-factor authentication, and employee offboarding. Twilio SendGrid SSO provides access to those who need it by mapping new Twilio SendGrid Teammates to users in your SSO Identity Provider (IdP). Please note that each SSO user can access only one account or subuser during the Public Beta.

Visit our documentation for more information on how to access and manage SSO permissions.

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Jun. 15, 2021

GA Programmable Messaging

Create WhatsApp Templates with Quick Reply and Call to Action Buttons in the Twilio Console 

Quick reply and call to action buttons can now be added to WhatsApp message templates when they are created in the Twilio Console. Buttons make it easy for businesses to streamline customer responses and guide their customers through conversational interactions, or drive them towards desired outcomes to improve engagement. Quick reply buttons let businesses define standard responses that users can tap to send. Call to action buttons trigger a phone call or direct users to a website when tapped.

To learn more about this exciting feature, check out our blog post or try it out for yourself today!

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Jun. 29, 2021

GA Twilio Platform

Twilio Organizations is now Generally Available 

Organizations is a new structure that helps companies of all sizes manage their users and accounts on Twilio.

Customers can now create an umbrella Organization under which all of their users and accounts can belong. Additionally, customers can register their company domain(s) so that new users and accounts automatically become part of the Organization. This means spending less time switching between multiple accounts to find the right one.

This functionality is especially useful for customers who manage large numbers of accounts and users, and it lays the foundation for Twilio to build functionality for our customers at the organizational level.

Organizations are managed through Admin Center, a new Console UI that’s available to all customers. 

Learn more about this feature in the Organizations documentation

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Jun. 24, 2021

GA Programmable Video

Virtual Background JavaScript library now generally available 

Today we are making the video processors JavaScript library for Twilio Video generally available. This add-on library contains processors for background blur and background replacement. It is used in conjunction with the Video Processor API in the Video JavaScript SDK. 

The library provides a simple way to add virtual background support to your video application and allow your users to present a professional look when working from home or on-the-go. No separate download or browser plugin is required and the functionality can be added with a few lines of code. 

For more information on this feature, see our blog post here or review the documentation here

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Jun. 30, 2021

Beta Programmable Voice

Conference Insights: Conference and Participant Summary Beta 

Conference and Participant Summaries provide multiple views into conference metadata which allow users to see conference parameters, investigate participant event timelines, and understand detected quality issues.

Every conference on Twilio is now being analyzed and aggregated by Conference Insights to provide visibility into participant behavior and offer prescriptive recommendations for resolving common quality and configuration issues. 

Conference and Participant Summaries are included with all conferences at no additional cost. For more information see our docs.

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Jul. 7, 2021

Beta Frontline

Twilio Frontline is now in Public Beta 

Twilio Frontline, a programmable application for salespeople and relationship managers, is now in Public Beta. This launch includes publicly available mobile apps for both iOS and Android, advanced inbound routing, native SSO integration, functionality to transfer and close conversations, and support for production-scale rollouts of a secure customer communication platform over SMS and WhatsApp.

You can read more about this launch on our blog, and if you’re ready to start building, dive in to our docs.

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Jul. 14, 2021

GA Elastic SIP Trunking

Solution blueprint for Microsoft Teams using Oracle Communications SBCs and Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking 

We have introduced a solution that enables Microsoft Teams Direct Routing to gain PSTN access using the Oracle Communications SBC and Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking. This combination enables any organization using Microsoft Teams Direct Routing to connect to the PSTN via Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking. You can learn more about this solution in our blog and by referencing Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking Solution Blueprints.

Twilio Video logo

Jul. 14, 2021

Beta Programmable Video

Twilio Live for interactive streaming is now available in private beta 

Today we are kicking off the private beta program for Twilio Live. This new channel gives developers the tools to build immersive experiences that can be directly embedded into their applications. With Twilio Live, developers have access to a low-latency, secure live streaming platform that allows speakers to reach millions while providing an intuitive end-to-end developer experience, including flexible server-side API primitives, and client SDKs for iOS, Android, and JavaScript.

With Twilio Live, developers have the building blocks to create all types of interactive live event applications such as marketing conferences, next-generation social podcasts, shopping experiences, concerts, fitness classes, education sessions, and more.

For additional information on this release, see our blog post here

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Aug. 2, 2021

GA Programmable Voice

Configurable Call Limits for Programmable Voice 

Twilio has now extended the maximum Voice call duration on Programmable Voice calls from 4 hours to 24 hours.  We’ve also added the ability to set the maximum duration for individual calls generated via the Programmable Voice API and TwiML, using the timeLimit parameter.  You can also use the same API parameter to update the maximum duration on active calls.

You can enable the 24-hour Maximum Call Duration in your Programmable Voice Settings console, and the timeLimit parameter is available for you to use in your applications using the Programmable Voice API and TwiML.

For more details on this feature, see our blog post here.