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December 21, 2021

Students who continue to have a need to use Adobe Creative Cloud software as part of their academic or co-curricular work, or employment at UC Berkeley, must request a license for the Spring 2022 semester via the license request form that will be available on the Adobe Software page starting Dec. 21, 2021.

December 16, 2021

On January 11, 2022 bConnected keys will be retired. Impacted users have been directly contacted. bConnected keys are most commonly used to "send-as" another email account in Gmail. In order to increase password security, on January 11, 2022 all login processes for Google accounts must occur through CalNet Authentication. Using a “bConnected Key” or password will no longer be an option. If you are using an email client, change the login method to Sign in with Google.

December 14, 2021

There are a few required changes coming to help better secure some important tools used by the campus community. On January 11, 2022 all UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and eligible affiliates will be required to sign into Zoom using their CalNet ID and passphrase. On January 12, 2022 CalNet is retiring the use of telephone calls as an option for completing the CalNet 2-Step via DUO.

October 1, 2021

We want to share two key changes taking place to the UC Berkeley provided Box accounts on Oct. 27, 2021. 

Box Storage Limitations (Quotas) 

Starting Oct. 27, 2021, the following quotas will apply to Box accounts created before July 2020:

  • Individual Accounts: 50GB 

  • Special Purpose Accounts (SPAs): 500GB 

August 12, 2021

Zoom users can now add pronouns to their profile and choose when to share them during meetings and webinars. Learn more about adding and sharing your pronouns


Below is a screenshot that illustrates the options for sharing pronouns in Zoom

July 26, 2021

On Monday, September 13, 2021, Google will apply a security update to select Google Drive files. This affects files that were uploaded prior to 2017 that are shared with a Google Drive shared link. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms aren’t impacted by this security update.

Who is impacted?

  • Owners and managers of affected files will be notified starting Monday, July 26. 

June 4, 2021

On Thursday June 10th, we will be enabling the “New UI” in our Box instance. This is a significantly refreshed version of the Box user interface, but it should still be largely familiar to Box users.

The major new feature of this release is called “Collections.” Box explains:

March 23, 2021

February 17, 2021

Today Google introduced a new storage policy that will eliminate the current unlimited storage option for education in July 2022. Because these changes are similar to those announced by Box last year, we will be taking a bigger picture look at the overall file storage and collaboration strategy for campus. Both Google and Box are funded as part of the Productivity Suite and any decisions about these service offerings will be a part of the ongoing governance conversation with campus partners.

January 19, 2021

Users are able to sign into the app using CalNet credentials. This will enable quick access to tools like the Daily Symptom Screener, Berkeley Moves, booking a testing appointment, and other tools to navigate the pandemic safely whether you are on campus or off campus. There are multiple options for personas including: Student, Staff and Faculty, and Visitor or Friend Students will now have a Wellness and Aid & Assistance page. The testing pages have been updated.

January 5, 2021

Last March, Google provided free access to advanced features in Google Meet such as increased participants, live streaming, and recording, in response to COVID-19. These advanced video-conferencing capabilities will be removed from bConnected accounts on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

October 15, 2020

Google is launching a new feature to help you add, manage, and format academic citations in Google Docs. This will make writing academic papers easier since you won’t have to use add-ons, or copy citations from other tools. 
Using this feature, you can easily insert in-text citations and create a bibliography in the MLA, APA, or Chicago (author-date) styles. Sources types supported include books, book sections, websites, journal articles and newspaper articles. 

October 13, 2020

In May 2020, we launched new Google Groups to provide a modern experience that matches Gmail and other Google services. In September, we made new Groups the default experience for all users, but allowed individual users to choose to use the classic Groups interface. 

September 14, 2020

Earlier this year, Google made the new Google Groups generally available. Starting on September 15, 2020, the new Google Groups will become default for all users. When this happens:
  • Any users who were using classic Groups will start to see new Groups instead. 

August 5, 2020

Google will be making changes that affect the Google Meet video conferencing policies applied to a Google Calendar event that is organized by a delegate or when a meeting is transferred.

July 2, 2020

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July 1, 2020

To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Google Meet can now intelligently filter out background noise like keyboard typing, doors opening and closing, and construction outside your window. Cloud-based AI is used to remove noise from your audio input while still letting your voice through. 

June 30, 2020

Some older versions of G Suite desktop and mobile apps may stop working on August 12, 2020. In particular, versions released prior to December 2018 may be impacted.
To ensure your workflows are not disrupted, make sure you are using the most up-to-date versions of the following Google apps:

    June 24, 2020

    You can now edit Google Calendar events in the quick-access side panel in Gmail and Docs, without having to go to the full Calendar page in your browser. You can even use “Find a Time” to see others’ calendar availability when scheduling events. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Calendar in the side panel

    May 15, 2020

    Use Zoom to easily schedule, join, manage, and customize meetings from Gmail and Google Calendar. 

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