Earlier this week, the Redmond giant held its first-ever all-virtual conference, Microsoft Build 2020. The Windows maker made a slew of announcements, including launching a powerful supercomputer. It also announced a couple of things for the world of SaaS. All that and more in our weekly roundup of the world of SaaS.

News of the week

Microsoft announces first vertical cloud offering: Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare

The Redmond giant is among the leading players in the cloud space, and to cement its position further, it’s now announcing an industry-specific offering. Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is aimed at healthcare and firstline workers, and comes with Azure as well as Microsoft 365. The rollout would start from Q4 2020, though it’s currently available as a public preview and six-month free trial.

Microsoft Teams gets new updates

The tech behemoth is adding customized templates to Microsoft Teams, which can be used while creating a new team. It’s also making it easier to integrate chatbots, custom apps and create automated workflows. For offering studio-like quality, Teams will get Network Device Interface (NDI) support and Skype TX interoperability, which will allow for higher-grade production while holding public or private conferences.

Google Meet passes 50 million downloads, boosted by coronavirus

Google Meet‘s explosive growth continues, as its Android app crosses 50million downloads. There’s no doubt that has spurred by the fact that it’s available for free, and is also integrated natively with Gmail. What’s notable however, is the fact that the app had 5million downloads in the beginning of March.

Shopify unveils Balance debit card, opens AI-powered fulfillment network to merchants

Shopify is growing exponentially as more businesses and moving to online sales, and it’s continuously introducing new features to make its platform more useful. After launching an app called Shop, it’s taken wraps off Shopify Balance, which offers small businesses a business account and debit card. Along with that, it has also announced Shop Pay installments for consumers, which is like Buy Now, Pay Later options.

Formstack announces back to work solutions to help businesses safely reopen

As businesses are trying to resume after the quarantine, Formstack is launching a suite of “back to work” solutions to help them do the same. Not much different from Salesforce’s Work.com, the suite includes, symptom check, satisfaction survey, mobile ordering and appointment setting so that businesses can reopen safely.

Notion removes limits in the personal tier

Popular note-taking software Notion has removed all restrictions with its free tier. What that means is unlike the previous limit of 1,000 blocks (text, image, etc. are counted as a block in Notion’s parlance), users would be able to use it for adding as many blocks as they want.

WooCommerce launches native WooCommerce Payments feature

E-commerce software provider WooCommerce is adding native support for payments. Dubbed WooCommerce Payments, it’s utilizing Stripe to allow merchants to get payments directly without needing to do any integration. Moreover, the fees for using this functionality is the same as the custom Stripe integration, and users would be able to see charges, refunds, etc. in WooCommerce itself.

Facebook’s business collaboration app reaches 5 million paid users, but still lags behind Microsoft and Slack

The boom for collaboration software also helped Facebook’s Workplace to grow significantly. The company has announced that it now has 5million paying customers, up from 3million in October. Along with that, it has also released new features such as the ability to do video calls with up to 50 participants (Workplace Rooms), Work Groups and support for Facebook Portal.

SaaS companies that got funding this week

Contentsquare announces $190M Series D

UX company Contentsquare, which tells businesses how users are using their websites or apps, has received a massive funding of $190million. Led by BlackRock’s Private Equity Partners, the Series D funding will be utilized to improve AI-based and predictive analytics along with expanding to global markets.

BetterCloud scores $75M Series F as SaaS management needs grow

BetterCloud, company that provides the view to the IT team of the SaaS tools being used in an organization, has announced a $75million Series F funding. The round was led by Warburg Pincus, and the company is seeing an uptick in usage as companies are more conscious of their spends on Saas products.

India’s Khatabook raises $60 million to help merchants digitize bookkeeping and accept payments online

Khatabook helps small businesses with accounting and bookkeeping along with offering the ability to accept payments online. It has raised $60million Series B that was led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital. The money will help the company to hire more people and built more products.

Amplitude, cloud startup that tracks online user behaviors, is now valued at $1 billion

Analytics software Amplitude catapults to the unicorn club with its Series E funding of $50million. The round was led by GIC, and the company will be using the money to look for M&A opportunities.

GO1, an enterprise learning platform, picks up $40M from Microsoft, Salesforce and more

Most of the people are focusing on upskilling themselves during the coronavirus crisis. And hence, we are seeing a rise of software that enable the same. GO1, a company which allows the companies to provide training to their employees, is no different. To fuel its growth, it has garnered $40million Series C funding.

Command E announces $4.3M for new “Command Center” for Hundreds of SaaS products

With people focused on improving their productivity levels, searching data through various software is a time-consuming task. Command E‘s desktop app makes it easier by letting users search through SaaS software such as Slack, Salesforce, Trello, and Hubspot among several others. The startup has raised $4.3million seed funding to accelerate its growth.

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