News

March 1, 2017

Google Keep is now available to bConnected users as a core G Suite app. Keep allows you to capture your thoughts anytime, anywhere—with smart tools to help you easily organize your notes, ideas and to dos. Manage your ideas and notes in Keep, and easily add them to Docs for easier brainstorming.

February 28, 2017

There is a widespread Amazon Web Services outage that is impacting certain cloud service providers. Users may receive errors when uploading/viewing content with Box View API and Crocodoc. Box engineers are continuing to track the status of Amazon S3 services. Customers can monitor Amazon S3 status via https://status.aws.amazon.com/

Box Engineers have confirmed View API and Crodococ functionality have been restored, and Box installers are available for download. Amazon S3 services have also been declared stable by Amazon. If you're still experiencing issues with the View API, Crocodoc, or installer downloads, please contact the Box User Services team via https://community.box.com/help.

February 24, 2017

It is now possible to preview password-protected Microsoft Office documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in bDrive. If you attempt to open one of these file types in Drive on the web, you will be prompted to enter the password and, upon doing so successfully, you’ll see a read-only preview of that document.

Read G Suite Update Alert.

February 21, 2017

Google has been making it easier to focus on your content—not your formatting—with templates in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

February 7, 2017

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events that will be held from February 13th-17th as a part of 

February 2, 2017

Google has made scheduling meetings smarter in Google Calendar the web.

Gmail will no longer support Chrome Browser version 53 and below, starting on February 8, 2017. Users will see a banner at the top of their Gmail interface encouraging them to upgrade to the latest version of Chrome (currently version 55). Chrome Browser version 55 contains several important security updates. 

  • Gmail will continue to function on Chrome Browser v53 and below through the end of the year. Users who remain on Chrome v53 and below could be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail as early as Dec 2017.

January 31, 2017

As of February 1, 2017, Google will discontinue service for Drive for Mac/PC desktop app versions 1.27 and lower. Users who are still on versions 1.22 or lower will no longer sync files between Drive and the local storage using this product. As a reminder, support for the Drive sync client service falls outside the scope of UC Berkeley’s bConnected team’s terms of service.

January 30, 2017

Google has launched several new and useful features to Android and iOS devices.

On your Android phone or tablet, you can now:

January 27, 2017

January 26, 2017

Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, Gmail (bMail) will not allow .js file attachments as well. Similar to other restricted file attachments, you will not be able to attach a .js file and an in-product warning will appear, explaining the reason why. 

January 23, 2017

Beginning this week, CalMail lists will no longer send or receive mail. If you forgot to migrate your mailing lists to Google Groups, please do so now!

 Migrate Your Mailing Lists

January 19, 2017

Starting on Thursday, January 19, 2017, name changes made in the CalNet directory and CalCentral (for students) will begin automatically populating in bConnected Google accounts. This change will involve a one-time “catch up” to sync up any mismatches between CalNet/CalCentral and Google. 2700 users will be impacted by this one-time sync, who can expect to see their Google profile name now match their name in LDAP directory.

January 17, 2017

Google has reported the Google Drive service interruption has been resolved. If you continue to experience issues accessing bDrive, please email bConnected@berkeley.edu

We have received reports from bDrive users experiencing a service disruption using Google Drive. Google is currently investigating this issue. Check G Suite Status Dashboard for updates. 

December 19, 2016

The revised deadline for migrating CalMail mailing lists is now January 20, 2017!

December 14, 2016

A targeted phishing campaign was sent this morning to certain bConnected account holders, purporting to be from Chancellor Dirks. If you received the message, do not open the attachment or enter your credentials if prompted. Review Security Basics 101 to learn more about how to protect yourself from phishing attacks.

December 9, 2016

Final mailing list migration workshop for the year! Drop by University Hall, Room 28 between 9:30-11:30AM for assistance migrating or configuring your mailing lists in Google Groups. Contact bConnected@berkeley.edu for additional support.

Starting January 1, 2017, the Google Drive desktop app will no longer support Microsoft® Windows® XP and Vista.