There were two key focus areas for our October release. First, now that we have a solid baseline within Bella, we are working on making it a whole lot more fun to use.
Second, we are very excited to finally be able to talk about some major new functionality we have released for Bella. We have spent the last four months building out new functionality to help you treat meetings as a process, with key pre-meeting, during meeting, and post-meeting activities!
Last but not least, we continue fixing bugs as they emerge.
We have known for some time that using Bella is la little like taking your vitamins- you know it’s good for you but it can be hard to see day to day. If your vitamins are like mine, that means some days I take them, some days I don’t. We want to make sure that Bella not only helps you, but is pleasant along the way.
Making a product engaging is challenging. You want it to be fun and pleasant to use without making it irritating or obnoxious. And we need to stay true to Bella’s personality as your helpful friend. We are lot like a little kid jumping in the swimming pool for the first time. We still have on our life jacket and some water wings as we roll out our first features. We hope we didn’t splash too much!
We have rolled out the following changes:
One of the core ideas in Bella is changing how we work. Based on our research, we know that the way meetings are being conducted is just plain broken. We’re all struggling for different reasons. Painful meetings was one of the first big productivity drains we identified when we started the whole Bella journey almost 2 1/2 years ago.
So how are we changing the process? This is such a huge piece of functionality for us that we will be devoting entire videos and blog posts to explaining how this works in the Bella world in the coming weeks. A few sneak peeks for you to whet your appetite:
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We took a wrench and our best fix-it tools to correct some bugs you found in Bella.
We rolled out the following corrections:
When adding a to do to the to do list, if you tried to drag the bottom one from the list to the calendar, it just wouldn’t comply. You had to drag it up higher on the list and then over to the calendar. It was like when you have a huge dog on a leash that just doesn’t want to go the same direction as you. At some point you just go with the dog. We have fixed it so now it’s working again and we are all walking the same direction.
This month’s game of whack a browser bug included a problem in Safari. Our to do list sizing wasn’t as nice in Safari as it was in Chrome and Firefox. We polished it up so now it shines in Safari too!