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SaaS Updates Summary: May 21 – May 25

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May 25, 2018

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Greetings!

This week we saw lots of exciting announcements in the SaaS world. Microsoft announced that it’s bringing the SharePoint work environment to virtual reality headsets. Slack released Actions, a feature that turns any Slack message into a follow-up or next step, and Dropbox released new features for its mobile app.

It was a big week, in particular, for Okta. At Oktane 2018, they announced Project Onramp, an initiative that will allow IT professionals to try out new apps and services with one click from the Okta admin console, as well as a new public browser extension, PassProtect, that helps everyone choose stronger passwords. Okta is also innovating to define a secure passwordless experience for their customers, enabled by their new ThreatInsight feature.

And of course, Google rolled out a few new features for G Suite (in particular, Calendar, Sites, and Hangouts Meet).

Read on for more details.

SharePoint Innovations Transform Content Collaboration with Mixed Reality and AI
Microsoft 365 Blog | At the SharePoint Virtual Summit, streamed live from SharePoint Conference North America, Microsoft shared its vision and roadmap for 2018—showcasing innovations that bring Microsoft’s investments in AI and mixed reality to life and new experiences and features to transform content collaboration for the modern workplace.

Update Asana Tasks from Outlook with Actionable Messages
Asana Blog | With the launch of actionable messages in Outlook, you no longer need to switch between tools to take quick actions on tasks. Now, you can update tasks right from Asana emails notifications in Outlook, saving you time and keeping work on track.

Turn Your Conversations into Action
Several People Are Typing | Connecting your tools with Slack brings important information front and center in your Slack channels for the whole team to see. Now with Actions, you can turn any Slack message into a follow-up or next step, so nothing falls through the cracks as you go about your day.

Turn Messages into Action with the New Asana for Slack
Asana Blog | Asana is excited to announce that the new and improved Asana for Slack integration is now available. With this new version of the integration, your team can get Asana updates in Slack, take action on those updates, and even turn Slack messages into Asana tasks or comments—-without leaving Slack.

Admin Preview for Google Sites Automatic Conversion Tool
G Suite Updates | Google is introducing a tool that makes it fast and easy to move a site created in classic Sites to the new Google Sites interface. This will be available to admins from May 22nd, and will start to become available to end users who own eligible sites on June 19th.

Self-Diagnose ICS-Related Issues with Improved Google Calendar Audit Logs
G Suite Updates | When changes are made within Google Calendar, it’s important that the available audit logs in the Admin console have the information you need to understand what happened. Google has made it easier to do that for changes originating from a third-party system (such as Microsoft Exchange or IBM Notes). In these instances, the third-party system sends the user an email with an attached ICS file. To help you better investigate situations like these, Google has added new information to the audit logs.

Enforce a Password Policy on Android Work Profiles with Google Mobile Management
G Suite Updates | Many employees use their phones for both work and personal purposes, so Google makes it possible to separate the two on most Android devices by setting up work profiles. With this launch, admins will be able to mandate a password policy on just the apps within these work profiles, protecting corporate data while leaving users free to safeguard their personal apps however they see fit.

Stay in Flow with New Dropbox Mobile App Features
Dropbox Blog | Want to be able to check in quickly while you’re at a coffee shop, or on a train, or maybe just going outside for a breath of fresh air? That’s the kind of flexibility Dropbox wants everyone to have. So they’ve introduced new features to help you keep work moving from anywhere.

How We’re Connecting Everything – Day 1 Keynote Summary
Okta Blog | Here’s a roundup of Okta announcements from day one of Oktane 2018. Okta is innovating to define a secure passwordless experience for their customers, enabled by their new ThreatInsight feature. They also have a new public browser extension, PassProtect, that helps everyone choose stronger passwords. They’re also kicking off Project Onramp, an initiative that will allow IT professionals to try out new apps and services with one click from the Okta admin console.

Updates to Hangouts Meet Home Screen and Screensaver on In-room Displays
G Suite Updates | When joining a meeting, having the right context is important. That’s why Google has added some new features to the Hangouts Meet TV display, such as a more informative home screen, screensaver, and custom wallpapers, to quickly orient users.

Multizones: Your Data Where You Want It
Box Blog | Box announced multizone support for their flagship Box Zones offering, providing customers with the ability to store data in and collaborate seamlessly across any of Box’s existing seven Zones, all from a single Box instance. With multizone capabilities, all multinational organizations are able to take advantage of Box Zones, regardless of where they are based.

Oktane Days 1 and 2: Addressing the Challenge of Our Time
Okta Blog | The first two days of Oktane18 have officially come and gone. Whether you were there in person or are following along from afar, here are some of the highlights.

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

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