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.
This week was a slow one due to the July 4th holiday, so there aren’t a ton of SaaS updates. Google announced that users may now be asked to verify their identity by providing their employee ID when they sign in to their G Suite account. Google also published a post defending Gmail’s privacy protections after the Wall Street Journal reported the service was allowing third-party companies to read personal emails. And finally, Microsoft and Slack published roundups of their latest product updates.
Google is introducing a new out of office option and customizable working hours in Google Calendar to further improve your digital well-being (and hopefully get people to stop pestering you when you’re out of the office). Google is also rolling out a new G Suite Apps Uptime Report in the Admin console, and they’re making the Quick Access feature in Google Docs available too. Plus, they’ve enabled new features in Hangouts Meet to ensure your users always find their meeting rooms configured correctly. And finally, Google announced a discounted price of Jamboard devices for G Suite for Education customers in the US (a one-time cost of $5600).
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.