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SaaS Updates Summary: January 29 – February 2

BetterCloud Monitor

February 2, 2018

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What a busy week for SaaS. G Suite published a handful of updates, and Microsoft announced new features for Microsoft Teams (the biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last March).

New Ways to Use Apps and Get More Done in Microsoft Teams
Office Blog | New features in Microsoft Teams make it an even more powerful hub for teamwork by enabling you to use apps in new ways—including the ability to command apps and take quick actions from the command box, as well as include content from an app in a conversation. This marks the biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last March.

Publish Sites to a Specific Audience in the New Google Sites
G Suite Updates | Some sites aren’t for everyone. That’s why Google is making it possible to specify exactly who can view your content in the new Google Sites.

Twenty-Two Third-Party Applications Added to the G Suite Pre-Integrated SAML Apps Catalog
G Suite Updates | Google is adding SAML integration for 22 additional applications: 7geese, Accellion, Bime, Bugsnag, Canvas LMS, Honey, Humanity, Jitbit, Kintone, Knowbe4, Kudos, Looker, Meraki, Mingle, RemedyForce, Replicon, Rollbar, Signal FX, StatusPage, Weekdone, Wrike, and Zoho CRM.

New in January—Enriching Teamwork Across Devices
Office Blog | Microsoft is launching into 2018 by bringing great new value to Office 365 subscribers, with updates that enhance how teams work together and unlock new ways to create and manage content across devices.

View Your Slack Activity From Within Google Drive
G Suite Updates | Google is adding activity events to allow you to see, in Drive, when a file is shared or discussed from within Slack. Two types of actions are logged as events: someone sharing a file stored in Google Drive, and someone commenting—within Slack—on a Google Drive file that has been shared in Slack.

Publish Private Apps to Multiple Organizations
G Suite Updates | Businesses using Google Mobile Management and other Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers can publish Android apps customized for their workplace directly to their managed Google Play store, where their employees can easily access and install them. In some cases, these customers have set up multiple “organizations” within their domain (e.g. to serve different regions, for testing purposes, etc.), each of which needs access to the custom app. To meet this need, Google recently made it possible to publish a single private app to up to 20 organizations.

Manage Android Devices Without the Google Apps Device Policy App
G Suite Updates | Starting today, G Suite admins can mandate basic security measures on the Android devices their employees bring to work, without requiring those employees to install the Google Apps Device Policy app on their devices.

Gmail Contextual Gadgets Going Away on August 1st, 2018
G Suite Updates | On August 1st, 2018, Google is planning to shut down all Gmail contextual gadgets. A Gmail contextual gadget is a gadget that is triggered by clues in Gmail, like the content of a subject line or an email message.

Changes to Office and Windows Servicing and Support
Microsoft | TechNet | Today – two years before the end of extended support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 (January and October 2020, respectively) – Microsoft is announcing servicing extensions for Windows 10, changes to the Office 365 ProPlus system requirements, and new details on the next perpetual release of Office and Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows.

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

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