Microsoft Office 365 will make flagging of security threats much easier
Top on the news this week, Microsoft has announced that an upgrade to its Office 365 platform will make it much easier to report possible security threats.
Microsoft revealed an updated “submissions” experience for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 that should provide users with a more intuitive way to flag potential issues. This move will see user-reported messages on Microsoft Defender sorted into individual tabs depending on the nature of the threat, making it easier for security teams and admins to quickly pick up on and address the most pressing issues.
In its entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap, Microsoft notes that Office 365 users will be able to flag across a number of categories, including the likes of Phishing, Spam, Junk, and more depending on their experience.
The update is listed as still being in development for the time being, but has an expected general availability date of October 2022, meaning a wider launch shouldn’t be too far off.
Once launched, the service will be available for Office 365 web users across the world, giving customers a significant security boost. The news is the latest upgrade to Defender and Office 365 as Microsoft continues to work on improving the platform.
Microsoft is adding a payment feature to Teams
In another Microsoft-related news, the company has announced that they are adding a payment feature to Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft is adding a payment feature to the Teams platform to allow users to grow their businesses when they host online activities. They are designing the feature to allow users to receive payment for online appointments, classes, or events they host.
Users will have to connect to a third-party service to receive payments, and once that is done, they will be able to request payment during a Teams meeting.
Microsoft says that customers will be able to “pay you in just a few clicks”, which means that complicated online payments will not be a burden to business owners. It brings Teams up to speed with Zoom and Google Meet, which already allow users to integrate PayPal into the platforms to request payment during meetings.
The feature will be available to businesses of all sizes that are currently registered in the United States and Canada.
According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the feature will be generally available to Teams users on the web, desktop, Mac, Android, and iOS from October 2022.
Intuit launches an advanced version of QuickBooks Online
Elsewhere this week, Intuit launched QuickBooks Online Advanced.
In a press release, the American business software company announced some new features that include better analytics, automatic backups, custom roles based on an employee’s job, and more automation to “set reminders for transactions with a due date, like invoices, payments, or deposits with the Workflows feature.”
The new product will also allow users to “notify customers when they receive their payment, plus send bills and invoices through pre-set approval flows.
QuickBooks Online Advanced boasts all the features of Intuit’s most popular small business software solution, QuickBooks Online Plus, as well as enhanced services to make it the perfect fit for growing business owners. With expanding lists of employees, customers and suppliers, business growth is often accompanied by an abundance of complex challenges.
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New Adobe Elements use powerful AI tools to make editing easier
Ahead of Adobe MAX–Adobe’s annual creative conference later this month, the company has released a new version of its Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements programs.
Photoshop Elements is a stripped-down version of Photoshop, Adobe’s popular and robust editing software. Premiere Elements is a more basic version of Premiere, its video editing software. Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 bring impressive AI features that let you add motion to still photos and incorporate one-click filters, making them powerful tools for those wanting a more user-friendly way to edit their photos or videos.
Both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are available now.
Oracle unveils 5G Cloud Native Network Analytics Suite
Oracle this week unveiled Oracle Network Analytics Suite.
The new cloud-native portfolio of analytics solutions combines network function data with machine learning and artificial intelligence to help operators make more informed, automated decisions around the performance and stability of their entire 5G network core.
The first offering in the suite, Oracle Communications Network Data Analytics Function, is available now. With the offering, operators can quickly identify anomalies that can cause catastrophic network function failures and impact customer service.
According to Andrew Morawski, Senior VP and General Manager, Oracle Communications, Networks, the “5G Network Analytics Suite harnesses Oracle’s cloud and network experience into a powerful toolset that helps operators better manage and optimize their 5G networks.”
Bessemer backs a SaaS platform that automates billing workflows
In other news this week, Zenskar, a startup that is aiming to help SaaS companies automate their billing workflows, has raised $3.5 million in a seed funding round.
Headquartered in New York and Bengaluru, Zenskar is building a platform for SaaS companies to generate bills for their complex pricing plans — whether they are based on usage-based pricing, subscriptions, nuanced discounts, credits, custom currencies, prepaid, or ramp deals.
The seed funding round was led by Bessemer Ventures Partners and saw participation from Shine Capital, Basecamp Fund, and Converge. Zenskar plans to use its fund to expand the team of its engineers. It also aims to go beyond SaaS billing and bring solutions to automate accounting, facilitate payments and provide analytics to companies in sectors such as telecom, transportation, IoT, and media.
Verica launches ProwlerPro SaaS, bringing robust security solutions to businesses
Verica, the continuous verification company using chaos engineering to make systems more reliable and less vulnerable to costly incidents, this week announced the launch of the ProwlerPro SaaS.
With the latest offering, Verica is providing companies running software on AWS with the most comprehensive, free AWS security solution in the marketplace today.
ProwlerPro SaaS gives customers access to parallelized processing for faster results, preconfigured dashboards, and a holistic view of your infrastructure no matter the region you use.
Now all users who have an AWS account, no matter the size of the organization, can access the power of ProwlerPro. Once an account is created, the service can run over 250 checks on a user’s AWS account in minutes. When an incident occurs, organizations no longer must worry about clunky back-end software or multiple roadblocks through a vendor to diagnose the solution.
Quadient launches SaaS electronic invoice presentment and payment solution for SMBs
Quadient, an industry leader in helping businesses create meaningful customer connections through digital and physical channels, this week announced the release of Quadient Impress Invoice, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) that securely and compliantly automates the preparation and delivery of invoices.
Impress Invoice features built-in electronic invoice presentment, invoice delivery and facilitates payment of those invoices, so businesses get paid faster while offering customers added convenience and improved satisfaction.
Impress Invoice is available in the US and UK and will launch in France, Germany and other European countries by the end of the year.