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SaaS Updates Summary: August 1–5

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August 5, 2016

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This past week, Google released new updates pertaining to Android notifications and Hangouts metrics, and announced that it now supports user-initiated mail and contacts import from Gmail and Rediffmail. Microsoft introduced the Outlook Interesting calendar, the Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge, and the general availability of the Excel REST API for Office 365. Box, Workday, and Dropbox also released new features and updates.

Notifying Android users natively when devices are added to their account to keep them secure – Google is pleased to release a new feature that notifies Android users of security events on their account: Android notifications for newly added devices.

New metrics on Hangouts and changes to Google+ activity metrics – Google is pleased to announce that they are adding new Hangouts metrics to the Reports API (part of the Admin SDK). These new metrics can be used to track video calls by platform. The new metrics that are being added are listed here.

What’s New in Google Apps newsletter – July 2016 – Check out the latest “What’s New in Google Apps” newsletter[pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from July 2016.

Follow the Summer Games in Rio with the new Outlook Interesting calendar feature – The Outlook team is introducing Outlook Interesting calendar—special calendar additions that help you track your favorite events. You will be able to add the 2016 Summer Games in Rio—as well as other popular sports—to your calendar.

Enhancing information rights management in Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps – Information rights management (IRM) is now supported everywhere in Office Mobile as the Office 365 team is are pleased to announce that they are extending Azure Rights Management to the Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps for Android. You are now able to open, read and review rights-protected emails and Office documents on any device—whether it runsWindows, Mac, iOS or Android.

Announcing monthly educator “#OneNoteQ TweetMeets” in partnership with OneNote Central – Today, the OneNote Education team (@OneNoteEDU) and their partners are pleased to announce monthly “#OneNoteQ TweetMeets” for educators. These monthly events will include their incredible community of MIE Experts (#MIEExpert), Partner Product Experts (including @OneNoteC) and their Microsoft in Education engineering team.

Introducing Annotations: New Collaborative Experiences for Your Apps – The Box team is excited to announce a new feature that will allow developers to build more engaging and interactive content experiences with annotations. Available in beta, annotations allow your users to mark up a file preview in your application. Users can add annotations including point comments and highlight text directly on an embedded file preview, without having to leave your app or print out documents in order to mark up or highlight them.

User-initiated mail and contacts import from Gmail and Rediffmail accounts now supported – Earlier this year, Google launched contact importing from a wide variety of supported mail and contact sources in the new Google Contacts preview. A popular request from Google Apps users has been the ability to import mail in addition to contacts from additional sources. The team is happy to announce that they’re adding two more: Gmail and Rediffmail.

Workday Signs Up for Privacy Shield on Day One – Workday is proud to announce that it signed up for the Privacy Shield today, confirming that it complies with the Privacy Shield principles for the transfer of European personal data to the United States.

Announcing the general availability of the Microsoft Excel API to expand the power of Office 365 – The Excel team is pleased to announce the general availability of the Microsoft Excel REST API for Office 365—now developers can use Excel to power custom apps. Excel is an indispensable productivity tool; users across all industries and roles embrace it. It is used for everything from simple task tracking and data management, to complex calculations and professional reporting. With the new interface, Excel for Office 365 can extend the value of your data, calculations, reporting and dashboards.

Get started with Dropbox Paper—now in open beta – Dropbox built Dropbox Paper to help fast-moving teams create collaborative docs and share important information. It’s a big part of how they’re reimagining the way people work together. They originally launched Paper to a limited number of teams in private beta. And now they’re excited to open up the beta so anyone can sign up—without the waitlist. Plus, they have new Paper mobile apps for iOS and Android that you can use for on-the-go access.

Creating delightful new user experiences on Android – It’s important that Box’s customers can be productive from their mobile device, and that their mobile experience makes solving problems as easy and efficient as possible, no matter the industry or line of business. Today the Box team is excited to announce the availability of a brand new Box experience on Android devices.

A quicker way to access and create Office documents on Microsoft Edge browser – The Office team wants to bring Office to you wherever you are. The same award-winning Office Online extension available on Chrome is now available for Microsoft Edge. The extension puts an Office icon on the Microsoft Edge toolbar to give you direct access to your Office files, whether they are stored online or on your computer, thanks to integration with OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

Back-to-school updates for the OneNote Class Notebook app, and the add-in is now generally available – The OneNote team is rolling out new features and improvements across 44 languages and 63 markets. These 2016 back-to-school improvements will help save teachers valuable time in the classroom as well as allow OneNote Class Notebooksto be even more organized.

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