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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 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 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. 

    Key Features

    March 31, 2020

    We have received reports from individuals experiencing a service interruption with G Suite Marketplace apps, such as Zoom for G Suite and Asana for Gmail. The bConnected team has escalated the issue to Google Support. We will provide updates as available.

    March 18, 2020

    Google Chat is a great way to stay connected with colleagues. This week we are adding several new features that make Chat even more useful while we’re all working from home. 

    Chat features include:

    January 13, 2020

    You can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail without downloading them first. This is useful for situations where attaching emails makes more sense than forwarding separate emails, like wanting to forward multiple messages related to a single topic. With this new functionality, you can do exactly that. Sending emails as attachments allows you to write a summary email message to your recipients, and attach the set of supporting emails that recipients can directly open in their mail client. 

    When you open a Google Calendar invite in Gmail, you’ll see a new “More Options” dropdown menu, allowing you to propose a new time for the meeting or add a note to your RSVP. Selecting either option will open the respective event section in calendar.google.com, where you can make those updates directly.

    January 6, 2020

    Google has made a slight change to where you can find rooms and resources in a Google Calendar event. When looking to see what rooms or resources have been booked for an event, you’ll now see this information in the guest list and no longer in the location field.

    November 12, 2019

    What’s changing

    We’re adding the ability for users to embed MP3 and WAV audio files from Drive into Slides.

    September 16, 2019

    G Suite Updates Blog

    Google is revamping the feature in Google Calendar that helps you let colleagues know when it’s best to work with you. The updates to the Working Hours feature include:

    September 10, 2019

    Quick launch summary 

    It’s now easier for users of assistive technologies, like screen readers and Braille displays, to keep track of real-time updates made by collaborators in a document. With live edits, you can view a periodically updated summary of collaborator changes in a convenient sidebar. In Google Docs we believe that collaboration works best when it works for everyone.

    August 22, 2019

    You can now fill out structured PDF forms within the Google Drive app on Android and iOS devices. You’ll be able to complete text fields, select options from a dropdown menu, and select checkboxes or radio buttons. After filling out the form, you can save your edits as a new revision of the document, or save a copy.

    This feature makes it quicker and easier to complete business invoices, event registrations, tax forms and other types of simple forms. This eliminates the need to print, fill-in by hand, and re-upload the document, saving you time.