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SaaS Updates Summary: April 9 – April 13

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April 13, 2018

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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. Check out the details below.

5 Benefits of Using an Intranet in the Workplace
Atlassian Blog | OK, this isn’t a true SaaS product update, but it’s a useful article nonetheless. In a world where teams are remote and in several time zones, it’s important to have a tool keeping your company connected. Here’s how you can use an intranet in your workplace to keep your company in sync, productive, and having fun.

Group Users into Multiple Directories in G Suite
G Suite Updates | Previously, Google allowed one directory per domain, which meant G Suite admins could only enable or disable contact visibility for their entire domain and couldn’t specify who saw what information. Google is now making it possible for G Suite admins to cluster users in separate directories with custom visibility rules for each organizational unit (OU).

Dial into Hangouts Meet from Six Additional Markets
G Suite Updates | In October 2017, Google announced the rollout of international Hangouts Meet dial-in phone numbers for G Suite Enterprise domains. They’ve added this functionality for six additional countries (with more to come!): Dominican Republic (DO), Estonia (EE), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Latvia (LV), and Luxembourg (LU).

Add Custom Links to the Navigation Bar in the New Google Sites
G Suite Updates | The new Google Sites automatically creates an intuitive navigation bar that links to content within your site, but there may be times when you want to create your own links that go somewhere else. That’s why Google is adding a new feature where you can link to any URL from the navigation bar.

Think Macro: Record Actions in Google Sheets to Skip Repetitive Work
G Suite Updates | Google is added new features to help teams analyze and visualize their data. They’re adding more updates to Sheets, including a way to record macros in the cloud to automate repetitive tasks, as well as more formatting options.

Additional Details on New Macro Recorder and Formatting Options in Google Sheets
G Suite Updates | Google is making Google Sheets better for business. They made several new feature announcements, including the ability to record macros in Sheets, group rows and columns in a spreadsheet, add checkboxes to a list in Sheets, and more.

Improved User Management in the Admin Console
G Suite Updates | Google is updating the interface you use when you manage your organization’s users in the Admin console. These changes will make it easier to find and control user information and settings.

Introducing a New Admin Insights Dashboard and Metadata-Driven Retention
Box Blog | Box is launching a brand new Admin Insights Dashboard, new admin tour, and enhanced retention policies based on metadata, making it even easier for you to make the digital workplace work.

Approvals Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in Jira Service Desk Server
Atlassian Blog | You may have noticed a theme these past few Jira Service Desk releases – the team has been focused on making approvals a whole lot easier for your team. Most recently in Jira Service Desk 3.12, the team has added approval buttons to the request notification email to speed up the process.

Delight Customers With the Smartsheet for Service Cloud Connector
Smartsheet Blog | Smartsheet is excited to introduce the Smartsheet for Service Cloud Connector, which aims to change the way service and support teams work. By creating new ways to collaborate and provide better visibility into customer issues, service teams free up more time to provide exceptional customer service.

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