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SaaS Updates Summary: April 10 – 16


April 18, 2016

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Last week was a busy one for new releases and feature updates. On the list of updates, Box announced a new regionally focused cloud solution, Microsoft introduced Classroom, and many new features were introduced for mobile such as the ability to get more tasks done on the Asana app and easier scrolling on the Google iOS app.

Sync to subfolders on Google Drive – Google Drive for Mac and PC now allows you to save your files to subfolders. Saving top-level folders has been a great help, but now you can take it one step further. Visit the Preferences menu to adjust which folders you want to save to.

Introducing a new home page experience for Office 365 users – Over the past month, Microsoft has been updating the Office 365 welcome page. The new welcome page has a new design and layout of all of the Office 365 apps. You can view your recently opened documents, whether you were last working in Word or in OneNote. Also, there’s a search bar at the top for you to easily scour through your library.

Asana for Android is now available in offline mode – The Asana app for Android recently turned one year old! To celebrate, Asana announced offline accessibility. If you’ve lost internet connection, you can still be productive and create tasks in Asana, check notifications, comments and conversations, adjust due dates and collaborators, and complete tasks. At the bottom of your screen, the app will keep count of your actions and when you’re back online, it will re-sync and upload your changes.

Box introduces Box Zones to enable regional cloud storage – See a cloud above Europe? You might just be looking at a Box Zone. With the introduction of Box Zones, organizations can store data in the cloud and honor a region’s data privacy and control policies.

Microsoft graduates to next level in education support – Microsoft has announced “Classroom,” an app available for Office 365 education users. The app functions as a learning management system. Teachers can create classes, assignments, and reminders, and send all of the information through reminders in Outlook. Also of note of the new platform, OneNote Class Notebook is tightly integrated with Classroom.

Scroll quickly through Google Docs on your iPhone or iPad – A new scrolling feature is available for iOS devices. On an iPhone or iPad, you can use a new scroll button to look through a lengthy Google Doc. It works similarly to the Google Outline tool. The scroll button recognizes headers or emphasized text. You’re able to jump through sections of your document quickly, and on-the-go with this mobile feature.

Email Safety Tips in Office 365 – Over the next few weeks, Office 365 is rolling out Safety Tips in Exchange Online Protection. These tips will appear in the top of an email message and indicate if the message is Suspicious, Unknown, Trusted, or Safe. All tips are color coded depending on their meaning and serve as helpful reminders to always be mindful of the all-to-often spam and malware attacks.

Dropbox has released stable build 3.18.1.

New Features Available in the Zenefits Administrator Dashboard – As an administrator, it’s important to be able to access many accounts on Zenefits. Now, administrators only have to use one login to access multiple accounts. A second update to the dashboard enables administrators to get a head start on the I-9 verification process. Once an employee provides his or her citizenship status on the Eligibility Verification section on the onboarding process, administrators can begin their side of the process.

My Dashboard and Advanced Search Improvements Now Available in Asana – As part of an improvement week at Asana, the development team released some exciting features that in the past, have been popular requests. In My Dashboard, you are now able to keep pulse of projects by sorting them by the color you’ve assigned them, due date, or alphabetically based of the name of a project. You can even customize how you want to organize their layout by dragging and dropping.  In Advanced Search, you can use keywords like “within the next X days” to search for tasks and conversations that fall within a certain date range.