As we started listening to users and working out how we could make TokBox the simplest group video conferencing service on the web, we realized we’d have to make some difficult decisions. One of those was to remove stand-alone video messaging functionality and instead to integrate video messaging more deeply in to our video conferencing experience.
Now video messaging has two roles.
The first is for video invitations to Video Meetings and Video Conferences. When you schedule either a Meeting or Conference, you will have the option to record a short video welcome message for participants. Participants will see this message in the email invitation they receive for the Meeting or Conference. They will also be able to watch it if they arrive at the Meeting or Conference early.
The second role is the equivalent to leaving a voice mail. When you call someone and they do not answer you can leave them a short video message. They will receive an email with the video message, or they can watch it by looking in “Messages” on TokBox. All video messages you receive are stored for 60 days, with an option to store them for a further 60 days when they are close to expiration. You should know however that you will only be able to watch video messages you have received, not those you send after today.
If you’re concerned about what will happen to video messages that you have sent or received in the past, don’t worry. Video messages you have sent before today will remain in your Messages for the forseeable future. Video messages received before today will be kept for 60 days as above, with the option to save for another 60 days.
We realize that many of you have enjoyed sending video messages in the past, but hope that you can appreciate that they do not play a role in our larger mission of being the simplest group video conferencing on the web and we hope that you will continue to enjoy real-time video conferencing.