Inside SaaS - March 21st, 2019

Inside SaaS (Mar 21st, 2019)

Windows Virtual Desktop / eBay and Google Pay / Windows Defender on Mac

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1. Microsoft offered a public preview of its Windows Virtual Desktop, its upcoming service that will allow administrators to virtualize the Windows OS and other apps remotely through an Azure server. Microsoft says the 'Virtual Desktop'​​​​​​​ provides "simplified management (and)  a multi-session Windows 10 experience," as well as Office 365 optimizations and support for Windows Servers RDS apps. Windows began privately previewing the service last fall, and has not yet announced pricing details. —ZDNET 

2. eBay announced that it will integrate Google Pay into its online shopping service in an April rollout. Since splitting from PayPal in 2015, eBay says it noticed "Millennials and Generation Z increasingly make purchases on mobile devices" through mobile wallets. The Pay integration will allow buyers to check out "without leaving the platform," in contrast to PayPal's method of redirecting users to another site. —THE VERGE 

3. Microsoft is bringing back the mildly-annoying 'Clippy' paperclip assistant from Office 1997, but with a different job this time: Clippy is now an app in Microsoft Teams that can be used to send Clippy-based stickers in the workplace chat. The app, which is not enabled by default, appears to be a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of the failed virtual assistant that would constantly pop up with mostly unhelpful tips while users were working. The Clippy stickers include images of the notorious paperclip drinking coffee, drinking beer, and saying the infamous "Hello There" line. —TECH REPUBLIC 

4. Microsoft is developing a version of Windows Defender for MacOS and plans to introduce its anti-malware software to additional platforms in the future. The Mac-based Defender — slated to be called Microsoft Defender ATP — will initially focus on signature-based malware detection while the cloud-based Advanced Threat Protection becomes more attuned to MacOS threats. —ARS TECHNICA 


Git Tower provided an illustrated history of the life of MacOS — beginning with the $30 Kodiak public beta for Mac OS X in 2000. 

5. Google is launching a beta for G Suite that will allow users to search for files in Chrome's omnibox via file type, file owner, and file title. —ANDROID POLICE 

6. Nvidia announced that Amazon will use its T4 Tensor Core chips in AWS data centers. —MARKET WATCH 

7. IBM's new blockchain-based payment network could be a troubling sign for SWIFT, which has a strong hold over the money transfer market with few major competitors. —BE IN CRYPTO 

8. Zoom is banking on a video-first conferencing world, even as some companies are reluctant to make the transition from audio-only calls. —SILICON ANGLE 

9. Square has updated its Square Online Store and Square for Retail with full Weebly integration, the website-building tool that Square acquired in 2018. —SEEKING ALPHA 

10. Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch its discless, software-based Xbox One S on May 7. —THE VERGE 

Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editing team: Managing editor Kim Lyons, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review and editor Susmita Baral with recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz.

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