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.
Google Sheets got a huge update: macros! You can now record macros to automate repetitive tasks. Google also updated the Admin console interface, making it easier to find and control user information and settings. Additionally, there were updates for Smartsheet, Box, and Jira Service Desk.
There’s lots going on in the SaaS world. Google updated Access checker, making it easier to see who needs access to Drive files. You can also now call a US or Canadian phone number for free from Hangouts Meet. Microsoft rolled out new Office 365 protection capabilities, such as file recovery from malicious attacks like ransomware, to defend against cybercrime. Dropbox is bringing Dropbox Business users and admins two features to help escape hard drive constraints: Smart Sync and team selective sync. Plus, there were updates from Zendesk, Freshdesk, and Atlassian.
There was no shortage of SaaS updates this week. Here at BetterCloud, we had our single largest actions release, with nearly two dozen new or enhanced actions now available! Google rolled out several new updates, including the ability to control session length for Google services on the web, and the addition of 23 third-party apps to the G Suite pre-integrated SAML apps catalog. Smartsheet updated its interface, Asana released a Timeline feature, Box announced an integration with iWork, and Box Drive is now generally available to everyone. Read on for more details.
It was a big week for Google! They introduced 20+ updates to deepen and expand Google Cloud customers’ control over their security. This includes advanced protections against phishing and malware attempts in G Suite, as well as basic mobile management that’s on by default. In other SaaS news, Slack and Workday announced an integration that lets you get the HR information you need, when you need it. Also: Trello rolled out Custom Fields, and Asana rolled out new updates for their web app.
The big news of the week came from Microsoft: their Slack competitor, Teams, turned one. To celebrate, they’re rolling out plenty of new features for Teams including Cortana integration, cloud recording for meetings with automatic transcription and timecoding, inline message translation, and more. Outlook.com is also featuring new Mail, Calendar, and People experiences. Slack is making managing expenses easier with a new SAP Concur Expense bot. Google added 25 third-party apps to the G Suite pre-integrated SAML apps catalog.
G Suite roared in like a lion this week with tons of updates. The biggest news is that there’s a new activity dashboard in Docs, Sheets, and Slides that will let users (with edit access) see who has viewed the file and when they viewed it. Other G Suite updates: You can also use AI to find files in Drive, implement progress bars in Slides with an add-on, and find items more easily with new menus and toolbars in Docs. We’ve been busy too: BetterCloud also released enhancements to role-based privileges, making privilege management more intuitive and streamlined.
It was quite the eventful week for SaaS Updates—in fact, this might be the most we’ve ever had in a week. The biggest news? Google made Hangouts Chat (its Slack competitor) generally available. Google also announced a few AI-related updates for Calendar and Docs. In a few months, Calendar will automatically suggest rooms optimized for each attendee. And then there’s Quick Access for Docs, which uses AI to suggest relevant files. There were other product updates from Slack, Evernote, Trello, Okta, and of course, ~yours truly~. BetterCloud now offers customizable file and folder sharing Alerts. You can now configure Alerts for public, external, and link sharing for Dropbox, Box, and Drive.
There were a handful of SaaS updates last week. Google rolled out a new Jamboard release and new Drive File Stream settings. Microsoft introduced new updates to help with GDPR compliance, Asana rolled out additional languages, and more.
The biggest news of the week was Google’s announcement re: AMP for Gmail, which will make emails “more interactive and engaging.” Box is rolling out new services to help customers comply with GDPR. Meanwhile, Okta, Smartsheet, and Trello also had a few enhancements and updates.