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SaaS Updates Summary: Sept. 25 – Sept. 29

BetterCloud Monitor

September 29, 2017

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So. Many. SaaS updates this week. Microsoft announced a redesigned web experience for Office.com and also introduced a new Office 365 app launcher. Google announced the acquisition of Bitium, rolled out new updates for the G Suite Admin console, Jamboard, Google Slides, and Sheets, added SAML integration for ten new apps, and more.

Keep reading for additional details.

Hosted S/MIME Now Supports Advanced Controls for Root Certificate Authorities (CAs)

G Suite | Gmail’s Hosted S/MIME solution currently requires certificates to be from certain trusted root Certificate Authorities (CAs) that meet very specific guidelines; however, a popular request from our enterprise customers has been allowing you to upload, from within the Admin Console, additional root certificates that you want Hosted S/MIME to trust. Today, Google is making this possible for Gmail administrators using Hosted S/MIME.

Adding Ten Third-Party Applications to the G Suite Pre-Integrated SSO Apps Catalog

G Suite | Google has added SAML integration for ten additional applications: BambooHR, ClearSlide, Domo, Egnyte, Federated Directory, HipChat Server, Samanage, SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication, UserTesting, and Workfront.

New Office 365 App Launcher and Office.com Help You Be More Productive On the Web

Office 365 | Office.com is the fastest and easiest way to get started with Office 365—by getting to your favorite app quickly, opening your Office documents, starting a new project, or seeing the activity across your shared files.

A New Vision for Intelligent Communications in Office 365

Office 365 | Microsoft Teams is core to Microsoft vision for intelligent communications—bringing together conversations, meetings, files, Office apps, and third-party integrations—to provide a single hub for teamwork in Office 365.

All Workers Welcome with Microsoft 365

Office 365 | Yesterday at Microsoft Ignite, we unveiled a new vision for empowering Firstline Workers in the digital age and introduced Microsoft 365 F1—a new offering that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to deliver a complete, intelligent solution to empower all workers.

Advancing Intelligence, Management, and Security to Empower the Modern Workplace

Office 365 | Microsoft 365 addresses the complete set of needs you have across your organization by providing a universal toolkit for teamwork with a broad set of purpose-built apps, all on a secure platform.

Welcome Bitium to Google Cloud

Google | Yesterday, Google announced the acquisition of Bitium. Founded in 2012, Bitium provides enterprise customers with identity and access management solutions, including single sign-on and provisioning for cloud applications.

Admin Console Tools to Better Manage Google Calendar Events of Former Employees

G Suite | Google introduced a new set of tools to better assist admins with managing former employees’ calendar events, which will help you streamline your company’s employee exit workflows.

The Next Perpetual Release of Office

Office | Office 2019—the next perpetual update for Office will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Previews of the new products will start shipping mid-year 2018.

Present Like a Pro: New Updates in Slides Designed to Make You Look Good

G Suite | Google recently released many new and robust features to help you and your team win that pitch, nail that client presentation and get buy-in for new ideas—all while saving valuable time.

Easy Data Visualization and Analysis with Google Data Studio

G Suite | Data Studio lets you connect to all your data and turn it into beautiful, informative reports that are fully customizable, easy to understand and easy to share.

Create Custom Headers and Footers in Google Sheets

G Suite | Going forward, you can customize the headers and footers in your Google Sheets documents with the text of your choosing.

Present a Jam to a Meeting from Your Mobile Phone

G Suite | The latest jamboard release allows you to present your jams to a meeting directly from your phone, so you can share ideas with remote colleagues even if you don’t have a board nearby.

Use Google Drive and the Files App to Organize Content on Your iOS 11 Device

G Suite | Google announced full integration of the Drive application with the Files app on devices running iOS 11.

Making Android Better for Kids and Families

Google | Google announced that Family Link, a solution for bringing kids and their parents into the Android ecosystem, is now available to parents in the United States without an invitation. Parents can also create a Google Account for their kid right from Android setup, and then manage their kid’s account and device with Family Link.

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

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