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SaaS Updates Summary: December 14 – 18

BetterCloud Monitor

December 21, 2020

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Google and Microsoft are really getting in their last licks before the end of 2020. Want additional support for live captions during video calls? Book it. Want to send a teammate a Starbucks gift card without leaving Teams? You got it. Dive into the links to learn more about these and all of the other updates from Google this week.

The Starbucks App in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft 365 | Microsoft introduced a new app from its partners at Starbucks—the Starbucks app in Microsoft Teams. Now available in the US and Canada, the app allows you to share the joy of a Starbucks beverage, pastry, sandwich, and more—by sending a personalized Starbucks eGift right within a Microsoft Teams chat.

Adding More Data Sources and New OU Controls to the Security Investigation Tool
Google Workspace Updates | Google is expanding live captions in Google Meet to French, German, Portuguese and Spanish (Spain and Latin America) speakers. They were previously only available in English. Live captions allow deaf and hard of hearing users, users with different primary languages, and users in noisy environments to participate more fully in meetings.

Additional Language Support for Live Captions in Google Meet
Google Workspace Updates | Microsoft recently announced that they will stop supporting Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11). As a result, Google recommends that users switch to a different browser as soon as possible, to avoid any possible disruptions in service such as degraded performance or security vulnerabilities. Google Workspace will officially stop supporting IE 11 on March 15, 2021.

Improving Search in Google Drive on Android and iOS
Google Workspace Updates | Google is launching new features for the Google Drive mobile apps that will help you search more quickly and efficiently. Now, Android and iOS users with the latest versions of the Drive app will be able to see and re-run recent desktop and mobile searches. Additionally, you can view and select intelligent suggestions as they type, including suggestions for people, past searches, and keywords, as well as recently accessed files.

Turn Google Meet Quick Access on or Off From Google Calendar
Google Workspace Updates | Meeting organizers in G Suite for Education and Enterprise for Education domains can now turn Quick access on or off for a meeting from the event in Google Calendar. The Quick access setting helps organizers control if participants must ask to join the video meeting.

New Endpoint Details View in Meet Quality Tool
Google Workspace Updates | Google added a new drill-down view in Meet Quality Tool that shows additional details on connection endpoint level. A combination of many technical factors and activities affect the perceived quality of a meeting. This additional level of information about meetings helps admins become more effective in improving the meeting quality for their users.

Improved Google Meet Experience on the Nest Hub Max
Google Workspace Updates | Earlier this year, Google launched the ability to use Google Meet on Nest Hub Max in beta. Now, it’s making several updates to improve the experience of using Meet on this smart display.

For last week’s SaaS updates (and beyond), click here for our archive.