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SaaS Updates Summary: April 16 – April 20

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April 20, 2018

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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. GDPR is on everyone’s mind too: Microsoft announced several new resources and capabilities to help you respond to GDPR obligations with the Microsoft Cloud, and Asana published a blog post on what they have in place to prepare for GDPR.

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.

Read on for more details.

Allow Users to Install Any App on Their Managed Android Devices
G Suite Updates | Until now, G Suite users with company-owned Android devices and those with work profiles could only install mobile apps that had been specifically whitelisted by their admin. In some organizations, however, such restrictions weren’t critical, and whitelisting required unnecessary time and effort. That’s why, going forward, Google is giving admins the option to allow their users to install any app in the managed Google Play store on Android devices that are corporate-owned or have work profiles.

New Intelligent Security Tools and Technologies to Help Manage Cyberthreats
Office Blog | 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.

New Smartsheet for Slack Gives You Real-Time Visibility Into Rapidly Changing Work
Smartsheet Blog | With Smartsheet for Slack, you can now set Smartsheet notifications to be automatically sent to Slack channels. The appropriate teams are immediately updated on specific changes in their channel, so they can swiftly take action as needed.

Asana and the GDPR: Our Commitment to You
Asana Blog | Asana strives for transparency with their customers and partners. In that spirit, they want to share a few examples of what they have in place to prepare for the GDPR and how customers can partner with them to support their GDPR compliance initiatives.

Dropbox Showcase Available to Teams, Along with New Functionality
Dropbox Blog | Last fall, Dropbox introduced Dropbox Showcase, a new way to present and track your work, all in one place. Now they’re rolling it out to all Dropbox Business Advanced and Enterprise teams—and adding new functionality to help you more easily create, customize, and control your showcases.

Preparing for a New Era in Privacy Regulation with the Microsoft Cloud
Office Blog | Microsoft is announcing several new resources and capabilities to help you respond to GDPR obligations with the Microsoft Cloud.

Introducing the Confluence Cloud App for Stride
Atlassian Blog | The new Confluence Cloud app for Stride is the perfect way to connect your work in Confluence with conversations in Stride. By connecting specific Confluence spaces with Stride rooms, you can see Confluence page updates as they happen, in Stride.

New in Google Slides: Linking in Docs, Guides and Rulers, and Improved Commenting
G Suite Updates | Google is introducing several features in Google Slides on the web that will make it easier to create, collaborate on, and share presentations. You can insert slides from Google Slides into Google Docs, design your slides with precision using new guides and rulers, and comment on text within individual objects.

G Suite Enterprise for Education is Now Available
G Suite Updates | G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon. Additionally, new tools—such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), security key management and enforcement, and Gmail S/MIME—will start rolling out to all G Suite for Education users over the next few months.

Receive Google Prompts on iOS Devices via the Gmail App
G Suite Updates | In 2017, Google made Google prompt the primary choice for G Suite users turning on two-step verification for the first time. Back then, they noted that users with iOS devices would need to install the Google app in order to use the feature. Now they’re making it possible for users with iOS devices to receive prompts via their Gmail app as well. This should encourage more people to use Google prompt, which is an easier and more secure method of authenticating an account.

New Survey Explores the Changing Landscape of Teamwork
Office Blog | Earlier this year, Microsoft set out to more deeply understand the forces shaping teamwork today. They surveyed more than 14,000 people from seven countries in various stages of their career—from those who have been in the workforce a while, to those who are preparing to enter it. Here’s what they found, and what they think it means for all of us navigating teamwork in the new culture of work.

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