Google introduced a feature for your iOS device that alerts you only when important emails land in your Gmail inbox, along with new features for Google Vault and Google Forms. Plus: You can now enable interoperability with third-party systems for Hangouts Meet, and Jamboard is now available to buy in Australia and New Zealand. In other news, Evernote and Microsoft Teams released an integration. There were also exciting new features and integrations for Dropbox, Box, and Asana.
Google introduced a new feature called Endpoint Verification, which gives admins more visibility into which computers are being used to access corporate data and apps. Google also announced that on June 28, 2018, Tasks will launch as a standalone G Suite core service. But wait, there’s more! Google’s App Maker is now generally available, and there are some changes to the Gmail routing settings in the Admin console. In other news, Microsoft announced that user experience updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will be rolling out gradually over the next few months.
Starting June 14th, you’ll be seeing a new Google sign-in screen, so don’t be alarmed if the page looks a little different. Google also announced Google Mobile Management support for Hangouts Meet on iOS, along with new G Suite integrations and updates for Slides and Calendar. Microsoft provided updates for both Windows Autopilot and the suite of threat protection services for Office 365. Slack released an integration with ADP that makes looking up pay stubs and booking time off a lot easier, and Atlassian announced the general availability of Atlassian Access.
Three G Suite announcements of note: 1) Google is migrating all G Suite domains from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Meet; 2) The new built-in protections and controls for Team Drives are now launching to all G Suite Business, Enterprise, Education, and Nonprofit domains; and 3) Google is introducing new insights in the Google Docs Activity dashboard. Google also released updates for Google Sites, Calendar, Calendar Interop, and the Admin console Reports API. In other news, Jira introduced project archiving for Jira Software Data Center, and Microsoft and Zendesk published roundups of new features and integrations they released in May.
Microsoft announced that it’s bringing the SharePoint work environment to virtual reality headsets. Slack released Actions, a feature that turns any Slack message into a follow-up or next step, and Dropbox released new features for its mobile app. It was a big week, in particular, for Okta, as they announced tons of new features at Oktane 2018. And of course, Google rolled out a few new features for G Suite (in particular, Calendar, Sites, and Hangouts Meet).
This week’s biggest news: Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Hub 2, which has a 50.5-inch 4K display with a rotating mount. In other news, Gmail will now “nudge” you to respond to emails you may have missed, and Google is making Admin Quarantine easier, quicker, and safer for admins. Google also introduced data export, a new feature that lets you export and download a copy of your data securely from G Suite services. Zendesk introduced Connect (a new product to automate and scale proactive support) and a bundled product called Zendesk Suite. Okta released the Okta Product Roadmap, now Generally Available to all.
Google made some updates to the look and feel of Google Drive to align with their latest material design principles. More news about the new Gmail: Users can work offline in it now, and G Suite admins can define rules to handle confidential mode messages. Google also shared some important information about the legacy Google Drive desktop sync client shutdown on May 12, and Google Mobile Management now supports managed configurations for Android Apps. In other news, Dropbox announced support for WebAuthn (“Web Authentication”) in two-step verification, a new standard for strong authentication on the web. Box announced that the new Box for Hangouts Chat bot is now available. ServiceNow launched their new Enterprise DevOps offering as well.
Microsoft introduced lots of new Outlook features (across Windows, Mac, web, and mobile) to help you manage your time. These include bill pay reminders in Outlook Calendar, suggested event locations and meeting rooms, meeting RSVP tracking and forwarding, and more. Microsoft also announced the addition of advanced security features in Microsoft 365 Business. In other news, Google improved the User lists interface in the G Suite Admin console and added auto-provisioning support for six new apps. Box introduced three new ways to gain visibility into the content you care about, and Dropbox introduced new AdminX tools for management, security, and deployment. Plus, there were other updates for Asana, Smartsheet, and Atlassian (Confluence).
The biggest news, of course, is the all-new Gmail — there’s a brand new look, advanced security features, new applications of AI, and more. For domains using SAML, Google also introduced session length controls and a more secure sign-in flow on Chrome (coming May 7th). In addition, new person information cards will appear inside your G Suite apps on the web, and event details are now supported by Calendar Interop. In other news, Trello rolled out a new activity feed and an improved notifications system, and Dropbox Paper introduced the ability to turn any doc into a shareable template. Plus, there were a few updates from Atlassian and Smartsheet.
In Google news, G Suite users can now install any app on their managed Android devices. Google Slides has a few updates (linking in Docs, new guides and rulers, and improved commenting). G Suite Enterprise for Education is now generally available to educational institutions in the US. Microsoft announced new intelligent security innovations—including Microsoft Secure Score, Attack Simulator, and more—to help strengthen the way businesses manage threats from cloud to edge. In other SaaS news, Dropbox rolled out Dropbox Showcase to all Dropbox Business Advanced and Enterprise teams, and added new functionality too. Smartsheet and Slack released an integration, and Atlassian introduced the Confluence Cloud App for Stride.