This week brings a smattering of G Suite updates. Third-party conferencing is now available in Google Calendar without requiring a Chrome extension or download. You can now snooze notifications in Hangouts Chat. On October 17, Google will begin rolling out real-time presence for Microsoft Office files in Drive. And finally, Google is adding intelligent file suggestions with a new Priority page in Drive.
This week, Atlassian launched a new product called Jira Ops to serve as an incident command center for response teams. Google is making it easier to set up Android devices as company-owned, and they’re also launching an alert center for G Suite (in beta) to provide a unified view of essential notifications for admins. Dropbox is introducing preview support for three new tools for Paper, and Trello announced new admin permissions for Enterprise customers.
As August comes to a close, we have a handful of SaaS updates to report. In G Suite news, Google rolled out 1) increased visibility into rate-limiting in Gmail, 2) emoji reactions in Hangouts Chat, 3) an easy way to add buttons to the new Google Sites, 4) new and improved Forms when they’re embedded in websites created with Google Sites. In other news, Asana calendar is now faster and more customizable, and the Slack-Smartsheet integration now lets you take action on updates and approvals directly in Slack.
Well, Slack shared some big news last week! It raised a whopping $427M in a new funding round, pushing its valuation over $7.1B. In G Suite news, Google is adding the ability to directly add users and Google Groups as members of Google+ Communities. The Docs Activity dashboard is now available to all G Suite users, and Google is adding a quick-access side panel to the Docs editors and Google Calendar. In other news, ServiceNow announced a new integration with Box.
Not much went on this week, but there were two updates from Google: 1) They added new section layouts to the new Google Sites; and 2) You can now specify that certain iOS apps be “managed” if your domain has advanced mobile device management enabled. In other news, Atlassian announced SOC2 Type II certification for the Trust Services Criteria of security, availability, and confidentiality of Jira, Confluence, Stride, and Bitbucket, as well as ISO27001 and ISO27018 certifications for Jira and Confluence.
There were a few announcements last week: Google introduced 1) new G Suite admin reports to help identify suspicious activity and see the impact of security policy changes; 2) the ability to disable the default “conversation” view in the Gmail Android and iOS apps; 3) the ability to programmatically manage exports with the Google Vault API. And in other news, DocuSign rolled out their new Trust Center, a single source that customers can visit to learn more about legal, privacy, compliance, security, and system performance information related to DocuSign’s System of Agreement.
This week, Google added a feature in the Admin console that can alert admins if they believe a user’s account has been targeted by a government-backed attack. Google is also introducing two new tools, room release and room insights, to help admins manage meeting rooms more efficiently. They also announced new features for Calendar and Sites, and they’re giving you more control over which Apps Script projects can run in your organization. In other news, Atlassian announced the new Atlassian Cloud for Gmail; Zendesk and WhatsApp announced an integration; and DocuSign signed a definitive agreement to acquire Spring CM.
Google Cloud Next ’18 is a wrap, which means there are LOTS of announcements and new features for G Suite. Among the highlights: an AI-powered grammar correction tool for Google Docs; an intelligent search box in Google Drive; an enterprise telephony offering; a new “investigation tool” in the G Suite security center; and much more. Also, some big news: Slack announced it’s buying — and shutting down — HipChat and Stride.
Acquisition seems to be the word du jour. This week, Okta announced its acquisition of zero trust security firm ScaleFT, Workday announced its acquisition of Stories.bi to expand its analytics capabilities, and Slack announced its acquisition of Missions (a tool that lets end users automate routine tasks in Slack). There are a few G Suite updates to know: The new Google sign-in screen is (finally) launching, and Google also announced that the migration to the new Google Forms UI starts August 22nd. In other news: DocuSign rolls out document scanning for DocuSign Mobile, Atlassian introduces project archiving in Jira Service Desk, and Asana introduces the ability to draw dependencies between Tasks in Timeline.
The big news from last week? Microsoft is taking on Slack by unveiling a free version of Teams, its group messaging and collaboration app, that anyone can sign up for and use (no Office 365 subscription necessary). Microsoft also introduced two new features — Workplace Analytics Solutions and MyAnalytics Nudges — to help you work more productively. Google released a new feature in Calendar that uses Google AI to automatically suggest rooms for your meetings based on the locations of the guests. And finally, search seems to be on everyone’s mind: Slack introduced better searching functionality thanks to new, simple search filters, and Box acquired Butter.ai to make search smarter.