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SaaS Updates Summary: May 7 – May 11

BetterCloud Monitor

May 11, 2018

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Greetings. There’s lots of news from Google, which isn’t surprising given that Google I/O 2018 was this week. Google made some updates to the look and feel of Google Drive to align with their latest material design principles. More news about the new Gmail: Users can work offline in it now, and G Suite admins can define rules to handle confidential mode messages. Google also shared some important information about the legacy Google Drive desktop sync client shutdown on May 12, and Google Mobile Management now supports managed configurations for Android Apps.

In other news, Dropbox announced support for WebAuthn (“Web Authentication”) in two-step verification, a new standard for strong authentication on the web. Box announced that the new Box for Hangouts Chat bot is now available. ServiceNow launched their new Enterprise DevOps offering as well.

Read on for more details.

Important Additional Information About the Legacy Google Drive Desktop Sync Client Shutdown on May 12
G Suite Updates | As previously announced, the old Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC—a feature officially known as “Google Drive for Mac/PC”—will start to shut down on May 12th, 2018. After May 12th, the sync client may not work for your organization. Here are some important things to know.

Google Mobile Management Now Supports Managed Configurations for Android Apps
G Suite Updates | With this launch, Google is making it possible to set up managed configurations for Android apps using advanced mobile device management from Google Mobile Management.

Microsoft 365 Empowers Developers to Build Intelligent Apps for Where and How the World Works
Microsoft 365 Blog | This week, Microsoft is introducing a set of features and updates across a variety of devices and platforms and a better blending between web and application environments for users and developers.

Work Offline in the New Gmail
G Suite Updates | Fortunately, native offline capabilities in the new Gmail make it possible to work without interruption—even when you don’t have an internet connection. Starting now, people using the new Gmail in a Chrome browser (v61 or higher) can search, write, delete, and archive up to 90 days of messages, even when they’re offline.

Introducing WebAuthn Support for Secure Dropbox Sign In
Dropbox Blog | Dropbox is excited to announce support for WebAuthn (“Web Authentication”) in two-step verification, a new standard for strong authentication on the web.

Google Drive UI Updates
G Suite Updates | Google is making some updates to the look and feel of Google Drive on the web. There’s no change in functionality, but some icons and buttons have moved, and there’s a range of visual tweaks to align with Google’s latest material design principles.

Define Rules to Handle Gmail Confidential Mode Messages
G Suite Updates | In April, Google introduced the new Gmail, including a feature called confidential mode, which helps you protect sensitive content in your emails by setting expiration dates or revoking access to previously sent messages. As a G Suite admin, you can define rules to handle confidential mode messages sent from consumer users to G Suite users in your domain.

Dial into Hangouts Meet from Four Additional Markets
G Suite Updates | In October 2017, Google announced the rollout of international Hangouts Meet dial-in phone numbers for G Suite domains. They’ve added this functionality for four additional countries (with more to come!): Colombia (CO), Croatia (HR), Lithuania (LT), and Portugal (PT).

Say Hello to the Box Bot for Hangouts Chat
Box Blog | Box is excited to announce that its new Box for Hangouts Chat bot is now available, making it even easier to work in the cloud by bringing together the best of Box’s secure content management with Google’s amazing productivity apps. With Box for Hangouts Chat, you get work done more efficiently by quickly searching and locating your Box files right from within Hangouts Chat. Customers can easily log into Box directly from Hangouts Chat and ask the Box bot to quickly view recent Box files, or easily pull up a list of “favorited” Box files and folders.

ServiceNow Launches Enterprise DevOps
Service Matters | ServiceNow this week launched their new Enterprise DevOps offering as a natural extension of their workflow capabilities for application development.

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

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