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SaaS Updates Summary: January 2–January 6

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January 6, 2017

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We’re kicking off 2017 with lots of G Suite updates. Fitness lovers, rejoice: If you use Google Calendar’s Goals feature, you can now connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals. All your activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically. There’s also a new visual performance tracker so you can see how you’re doing.

Also, Google is improving the audio experience for its video conferencing solutions. It announced the acquisition of Limes Audio, a company that builds solutions to make voice communication systems sound better. (Think: Removing distracting noise, distortion, and echoes.)

The Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android have a few new features, like the ability to change the orientation, paper size, and page color in Docs. Also, Docs now supports exporting your files in the EPUB (.epub) and OpenDocument Text (.odt) file formats.

And finally, Google is also starting to unify Gmail’s routing settings in the Gmail Routing section of the Admin console that was launched one year ago. Beginning the week of January 23, 2017, your existing Sending routing, Receiving routing, Catch-all address and Domain-level routing settings will become read only.

As for Office 365, Microsoft rolled out its first major update to the new Office.com. These new updates include additional controls within the “Recent documents” list to let users filter by document type across Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and more. These changes started rolling out in December and will continue through early 2017.

In other news, Dropbox announced that it’ll be teaming up with Intel this year to bring built-in Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) support to Dropbox users on 7th Generation Core processors. This new integration makes account protection more convenient and less complex. Users signing in to the Dropbox website will be able to take advantage of security keys built into newer Intel Core processors.

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