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Kerio Operator 2.5.0 RC 1 has been published. This is the change log since Beta 1:

Kerio Operator
* STUN/TURN support for reliable video between web/desktop clients.
+ Many other improvements for reliable video between web/desktop clients.
+ Added automatic provisioning support for Snom models 305, 315, 345, 745.
+ Support for receiving faxes from Auto attendant scripts.
- Fixed issues when faxing large files.
- Fixed reboot error when recovering a backup from an older version to 2.5.0.
- Fixed errors when recovering a backup from an older version with invalid license.
- Fixed automatic provisioning for Snom M300 with firmware version 0355 and higher.

Kerio Operator Administration
+ Opus is now the preferred audio codec for Kerio Operator Softphone for desktop and web (Opus or G.711 can be the preferred codec).

Kerio Operator Softphone for desktop and web
+ Kerio Operator Client renamed to Kerio Operator Softphone for Mac, Windows, Linux, and web.
+ Added support for direct video streams (bypassing Operator server)
+ Added support for routing video streams via a TURN relay built into Operator (more reliable than handling WebRTC video by Asterisk).
+ Several visual improvements (e.g. Recent/missed calls drop-down control replaced with tabs)
- Fixed several JavaScript errors (aka web crashes) related to video/camera handling.
- Fixed errors when faxing large files.
- Fixed automatic refresh of the "n minutes ago" entries in call history.

If you haven't seen Beta 1 before, here's a summary of what is new and interesting about Operator 2.5:

Upgrade to Asterisk 13 LTS
- Plenty of effort went into this change even though it's almost an invisible change for the user. Operator's telephony engine is now Asterisk 13, the latest long term support version. The short-term benefit of this upgrade is the support for the modern Opus codec, and the support for WebRTC (calling from browsers). In the long term, the upgrade guarantees Kerio's ability to develop and maintain Operator as a reliable and safe product.

MyKerio integration
- Kerio Operator 2.5 can be managed remotely via the MyKerio service.

Kerio Operator Softphone for desktop and web
- Operator's interface and application for end users comes with a new design. It also includes audio/video softphone functionality. To use the softphone, either download the native application (available for Mac, Windows, Linux; automatic updates supported on Mac and Windows) or connect to your Operator's web interface with a browser that supports WebRTC (Chrome, Firefox). Naturally, you can use the application the "old" way as well, to set up your call forwarding, access your voicemail, or work with your desktop phone.

Opus codec
- Kerio Operator 2.5 supports the Opus audio codec. Technically, Opus is a merger of SILK (original Skype codec) and Xiph.Org's CELT. Opus can adapt to variable bandwidth - it is able to encode audio to bitrates from 6 bks/s up to 512 ks/s. It works with sampling frequencies from 8 KHz (the standard frequency for codecs like G.711) up to the high-end of 48 kHz. Opus is covered by several patents but the license allows a royalty-free use.

Reliable email sending
- Version 2.5 improves sending of email messages from Kerio Operator, such as notifications and voicemail forwarding. All outbound email messages are handled by an integrated queuing mail server.

Improved web server performance
- Kerio Operator 2.5 uses Nginx as its built-in web server. Nginx provides performance improvements in the Kerio Operator administration interface and in Kerio Operator Client.

Configuration database upgrade
- Kerio Operator uses the Firebird database to keep it's configuration data. The database engine has been upgraded. If you do a fresh installation of Kerio Operator 2.5.0, you cannot downgrade to previous versions. If you upgrade to Kerio Operator 2.5.0 from an earlier version, you can downgrade back without limitations.

Support for Ubiquity phones
- Automatic provisioning for Ubiquity UniFi phones is now available

Thank you for being a part of our beta process and helping ensure we deliver the best products!


[Updated on: Thu, 22 September 2016 13:43]

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