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The new minutes is here!

After  months of development, we are very excited to announce the release of a new minutes.io version. To trigger the update in your browser, please  open https://minutes.io/update

This update resolves several issues that you might have exeprienced in the past weeks. It also  improves the overall performance and stabilty of the app. The update brings a few design improvements as well:

New minute types

Besides the existing: TODO, DECISION, INFO and IDEA, we now added DONE and AGENDA. We also plan to make these customizable in the future.


Multiple Owners

The autocomplete in the owner column now supports multiple owners.


New notifications

The notifications are now unobstrusive in the bottom right corner of the screen, without blocking you from continuing to work.


New send Meeting View

We redesigned the send Meeting preview to reflect what it is: sending an HTML email. We holpe you like it!


What’s coming next

With this update, we completed the migration to our new offline-compatible architecture, which has been in the works for 2 years. This means that once you’ve visited the new minutes.io, you can open and use it at any time, even without an internet connection. You’ll always have access to your meetings and be able to take new minutes, no matter where you are.

Now that we’re done with the underlying technology, we’re excited to focus on releasing new user-facing features again!
Our top priorities for the coming weeks are

1. Custom logos and branding
2. Custom summaries
3. Custom minute types

If there is anything else you would like to see added, please comment here or send us an email to feedback@minutes.io

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Heads up Windows/Linux users: [ctrl] is now [alt]


Keyboard shortcuts are a big help track results of meetings more quickly, but many of our Windows and Linux users complained that they couldn’t use [ctrl] + arrow keys to jump between words, as minutes.io used this combination to jump between fields.

No more! From now on, [alt] is used for the keyboard shortcuts to quickly jump between minutes, insert new ones or to move them up and down.

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Meeting templates & follow up meetings

Ever wanted to use an existing meeting as a template for a new one? No more cumbersome copypasting – duplicating an existing meeting is now a first class citizen in minutes.io!

We hope the feature will make your meetings even simpler. Your feedback is welcome – as always!

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Introducing accounts on December 5th

Since its launch this May, minutes.io has been used by over 150.000 people, about 20.000 of whom are using it on a regular basis. Not a dime has been spent on marketing, it has been spread by awesome people like you, and we sincerely want to say thank you. We really mean it.

The reason for this success? Simplicity. There is not even a signup. Over 90% of first-time visitors start using the app.

But simplicity is limiting. Without accounts, you cannot access the same data from different devices. That’s frustrating. It’s the opposite of the experience minutes.io aims at.

Today, after months of hard work, rework and re-rework, we are happy and also proud to announce: the accounts are ready. They will be released on December 5th.

Why did it take so long?

Well, it didn’t. Accounts were already implemented and ready to be released months ago. And yet, we were not satisfied.

Why? Because the technology that minutes.io runs on is not apt for rock solid synchronization. But synchronization is exactly what is to become the heart of minutes.io. So we decided to rebuild minutes.io from scratch, using technology that is specifically made for this purpose.

How does it work?

First of all, accounts are optional. You are still able to use minutes.io without any account. You always will.

But if you want to access your meetings from different devices, you will now be able to create an account. It only takes 10 seconds and this is what it looks like:

Now it’s time to get real feedback. Your feedack.

Can I try it out?

Yes, you can. And: please, PLEASE, do. Try it out at sneak.minutes.io. Update: Thanks for testing, the changes are now live: minutes.io

What will happen with my current data?

With your approval, your data will be migrated from the current version of minutes.io. It’s just a few steps to get you there. Please follow the instructions in the screencast above.

One more thing.

Another feature that was constantly asked for will be released as well: SSL. That means, with the new version, all data will be sent over a secure, encoded connection.

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minutes.io gets IE-friendly for your meeting attendees

There’s still a long way to go before we can release minutes.io for Internet Explorer, but we know that many of you need to enable published meetings to be accessed by IE users. When working with large corporations, there is often no other ways… Up to now the only option was to generate a pdf and email it. That was a bit tedious, to say the least.

So we’re happy to release today a new version that will make your online meetings minutes (through secret URLs) accessible from Internet Explorer …starting with IE6! Yes, there are still a lot of people out there using it, as unfortunate that can be :)

Happy minutes sharing!

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Welcome to minutes.io!

Our new homepage is live! You might need to reload after a minute to see the update.

minutes.io is growing up. Today, it got a real welcome page. And as we love to celebrate any kind of update, we made the “yummy cheese & wine welcome page release party”.

Wanna join the party the next time? Drop us a line on our Facebook page!

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new: Smart date formats

minutes.io is simple—and we are working hard to keep it this way. While the usual way to support different date formats would be a setting, we teached minutes.io to better understand what you want, without explicitly saying it.

Let’s say the displayed date of a meeting is “Monday, 30. May 2011”. When you change it to “Tuesday, 5/30/2001 3pm” not only the date & time will be updated, but also the format will remain and be remembered for future meetings.

The update also includes:

  • favicons for web and iPad/iPhone
  • removed “users” and “myself” pages
  • timezone bug fix

Thanks for your continuing support

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