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SaaS Updates Summary: January 9–January 13

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This past week, the big news was Atlassian’s acquisition of Trello for $425 million. Google rolled out lots of updates for Google Classroom, the Google Play Private Channel, and booking rides directly from Google Maps. Microsoft introduced StaffHub, a new app for Office 365 for staff workers to manage their workday. Plus, there were updates from DocuSign, Insightly, JIRA Service Desk, and Salesforce.


With today’s Google Classroom updates, Google is making learning and teaching as easy as ABC. There are lots of new features that teachers, students, admins, and developers alike will appreciate. This includes new notifications for teachers, new individualized work for students, new data for admins, and new Classroom API capabilities for developers.

There are a few upcoming changes to the Google Play Private Channel, a feature that allows G Suite admins to distribute private (custom) Android apps to their users via the Play Store app. This update means it’ll be easier for your users to access and discover private apps.

Google also rolled out an update that makes it easier for you to book a ride directly from Google Maps, on both Android and iOS globally. You’ll see more types of ride options and more actionable information. Plus, there’s a new integration that lets you book an Uber ride directly within Google Maps.


Microsoft announced the worldwide general availability of Microsoft StaffHub. It’s a new application for Office 365 designed to help staff workers manage their workday through schedule management, information sharing, and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources.

Microsoft also announced a single management experience for DLP policy creation and reporting across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. In addition, they are introducing enhancements to the DLP data delivered via the Management Activity API.

Docusign: In other news, DocuSign introduced Supplemental Documents, which allows companies to include supporting materials (like legal disclosures or terms & conditions) as a different and distinct part of the envelope without distracting from the primary documents that need to be signed.

Insightly: Insightly introduced improved filtering in its mobile app, so you can easily find key pieces of information. For example, you can find records that are assigned to or created by specific users, are using a specific tag, are in a specific state, and much much more.

JIRA Service Desk: The release of JIRA Service Desk server 3.3 includes new features like customizable email notifications, the ability to group customers into organizations, and enabling customers to select a language for their portal.

Trello: Atlassian acquires Trello–to the tune of $425 million. Trello says it will continue operating as a standalone service and will integrate with more tools like HipChat, Confluence, and JIRA.

Salesforce: The Salesforce1 mobile app is transitioning to WKWebView to provide an improved experience. In case you haven’t heard of WKWebview, it’s an updated way to display interactive content inside of mobile apps. This is expected to improve performance for iOS users, but if you’ve built workarounds to improve the old UIWebview, you might run into some issues. Salesforce published a few recommendations to ensure a smooth transition.

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