Check out the latest updates for small businesses and partners, plus a peek at what’s coming out soon. Xero changes and release updates can be found in Xero Central, or check out the release timeline for some of the more significant releases.
- Email-to-bills full release
- Automated bill entry from Xero invoices (BETA)
- Xero Central (new help centre)
- Find and Recode search enhancements
- Pilot: Invoice payments via Outlook with Stripe
- Stop-start timer on Xero Projects (Android & iOS)
- Copy a project in Xero Projects
- Delete a Project on Xero Projects
- New AU Report Templates & Report Codes
- Xero HQ client industry filter
- Xero Checkup
- More flexible invoice reminder design
- Convert a quote to an invoice on mobile
- Attach files directly from cloud file storage services (iOS)
- Mark bills as paid on mobile
- Improved contractor onboarding (NZ)
- Improved Direct Deposit onboarding (US)
- Updated Trial Balance report
- Improved contact search on mobile
- Payroll: electronic tax and filing in New Mexico
Easier bill entry – full release
After rave reviews and significant time saving, we’ve recently released a new feature to all Xero Businesses making it quicker and easier to create bill entries in Xero. Simply forward PDF bills to your organisation’s unique Xero Bills email address and a draft bill is automatically created in Xero. The PDF will open up side by side to the draft bill on your screen so you can easily enter the bill details. Then Xero automatically attaches the PDF to the bill. If it works for you, setting up an auto-forward rule in your email inbox settings can save you even more time.
Capturing your bills helps you make informed decisions and manage cash more efficiently, start using email-to-bills today – learn more.
Automated bill entry from Xero invoices (BETA)
Following on from email-to-bills (above), we are making the process of creating bill entries in Xero even more accurate and efficient. Those in the Beta will be able to forward bills from other Xero suppliers/business to their unique Xero Bills email address and the Bill; Date, Total and Supplier will automatically be extracted to generate a bill and pre-populate these fields within 10 seconds or less.
Early beta testing has proven over 90% accuracy on these results, which is pretty darn close to the 95% average from humans. Don’t worry, you’ll still have the option to approve the bill before it’s created so you’ll stay in control the whole time.
During the Beta, we want to gather a wide range of feedback and learnings from different Xero subscribers and partners so we can be sure we’ve considered a variety of user needs and deliver the best possible feature at launch. If you’re keen, please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch if you’re able to join.
Xero Central (new help centre)
Introducing Xero Central, a faster way to get to the right content and answers. We know thousands of you check the online help pages every day, and finding what you need is super important to getting you back on track with the work you’re doing.
Turbocharged by machine learning, now you won’t need to visit multiple help pages. Searching is more personalised, accurate and powerful reducing frustration and saving you valuable time and effort. Learn more on our blog.
Find and Recode search enhancements
Partners can now find and fix up their clients mistakes even faster through new search enhancements to Find & recode in Xero. Search by bank account, invoice number or reference, recoding tracking to unassigned. Manual Journals are also coming soon.
Pilot: Invoice payments via Outlook with Stripe
We are piloting an exciting new partnership with Stripe and Microsoft to help Xero businesses get paid faster by making payments as easy as sending an email. Invoice emails sent from Xero to Outlook accounts can be paid with just a few clicks, using credit or debit cards saved to your customer’s Microsoft account. Businesses currently in the pilot can let their customers pay a Xero invoice from within their Outlook email account with Stripe. Learn more on our blog.
Stop-start timer on Xero Projects for Android & iOS
Find yourself struggling to recall and calculate when work started and stopped at the end of a busy day or week? Never miss a minute of billable work again. If you’re using Xero Projects, simply download Xero Projects for iOS or Android and use the stop-start timer to accurately track and record your time while your on a job site, in the office, or anywhere your work takes you. Learn more.
Copy a project on Xero Projects
Xero Projects users can save time and effort creating new project entries from scratch by copying similar projects (including their tasks) to create a new project. To keep things easy, any time entries, expenses, linked invoices and spend money transactions or bills will not be transferred from the original project. Learn more.
Delete a Project on Xero Projects
Now Xero Projects users with Admin and Standard Projects user permissions can delete project entries that don’t have assigned time, expenses and invoices against them from the Projects List or from the Project Detail page. Learn more.
New AU Report Templates & Report Codes
Additional report codes and simplified templates now make it quicker, easier and more profitable for Australian accounting partners to produce annual financial reports, management reports and tailored financial statements for a wider range of clients.
Client industry filter for Xero HQ
Filter your clients by industry within the client list, even those that aren’t on Xero. Simply update their industry details within the the business details tab for your clients. Learn more.
Introducing Xero Checkup
We know how frustrating it can be to have trouble accessing Xero and, while we’re always happy to help troubleshoot, often issues can be quickly resolved by running through a few checks without waiting to chat with us.
Cue www.checkup.xero.com. Now you can automatically identify any common issues with your web browser or internet connection as soon as the problem arises. Often this will be all you need but please feel free to get in touch with us if you’re still stuck.
More flexible invoice reminder design
We know how important looking professional and reflecting your brand is when sending out invoices and emails to your customers so we’ve made a few tweaks to the invoice reminder design to help you do just that. Now you can can choose to display either you logo or org name on invoice reminder emails, and control the presence of the View Invoice button. Learn more about invoice reminders.
Convert a quote to an invoice on mobile
This one will put a smile for those that use quotes on mobile. Once you have finished a job, you’re able to immediately create an invoice directly from a quote. This saves you time and help you get paid faster. Also if you want to keep all your quotes neat and tidy, you can mark them as “invoiced”.
Attach files directly from your cloud file storage services (iOS)
We have made improvements to file attachments so you can choose files via the iOS Files App available in iOS 11. This will allow you to access files stored on cloud file storage services such as iCloud, Dropbox and OneDrive and attach them directly to invoices, receipts as well as upload to Xero files. This feature is already available on Android.
Mark bills as paid on mobile
Now you can mark your bills as paid on Android or iOS, helping you maintain a more reliable picture of your business’s expenditure and cash flow as a whole.
Payroll: improved contractor onboarding (NZ)
Small businesses and partners in New Zealand can set up new contractors in Payroll faster and more easily with an improved contractor experience for employers who need to deduct withholding tax from payments made to contractors. Learn more on our blog.
Payroll: Improved Direct Deposit onboarding (US)
Small Businesses and Partners can meet their Payroll obligations and improve their cashflow through using Direct Deposit. Improved onboarding is the first step in making this easier.
Updated trial balance report
Soon you’ll have all the customisation features of new reports, plus a range of new features to the report itself. These feature will include; comparative balances, opening and closing balances. Plus the option to show nil accounts, and flexibility to run the report on cash basis when required.
Improved contact search on mobile
It’ll soon be even easier to find contacts on iOS and Android. In addition to searching by contact name and account number, you’ll be able to search by email address as well as the first and last name of the primary contact. This information will also be displayed on the search results to help you easily differentiate between customers.
Payroll: electronic tax and filing in New Mexico
New Mexico Xero Payroll admins will be able to file forms and taxes electronically from Xero instead of painful, time consuming manual process.