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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.

July 26, 2019

A change was made to correctly sync CalNet Directory information to bConnected Google accounts, which impacted less than 5% of accounts. If your name no longer appears in your bMail account the way you wish for it to look, please update your name in directory.berkeley.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

July 10, 2019

Google is making it easier for you to identify which Google account is active when opening and contributing to Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. When you’re logged into multiple accounts, like switching between your work and personal accounts, it can sometimes be confusing to determine which account is active when opening and collaborating on a Doc, Sheet, or Slide. 

June 18, 2019

Google is investigating reports of issues with both Google Calendar and Hangouts Meet. Please check the G Suite Status Dashboard for up-to-date information. 

The problems with Google Calendar and Hangouts Meet have been resolved. 

June 10, 2019

Google has announced the “Team Drives” feature of Google Drive will be renamed to “shared drives.” This change does not impact functionality; it is simply a name change. You can expect to see the name changes in bConnected Drive accounts over the next week or two. 

Learn more at the G Suite Learning Center

May 20, 2019

Google has just launched a new version of the G Suite Learning CenterThis completely redesigned site features 300+ guides and customer-friendly enhancements. 

May 6, 2019

The issue with Gmail has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Google is investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. Individuals are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior. This may be impacting bMail accounts. Visit the G Suite Status Dashboard for up-to-date information.

April 29, 2019

You can now schedule your emails in Gmail to be sent at a later date and time! This feature is available on Android, iOS and Gmail on the web.

Learn about how to schedule emails to send

April 10, 2019

Come learn directly from a team of trainers about new Google products for higher education as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of Google Drive, docs, mail, and calendar. This two-hour, interactive session allows you to get hands on with Tour Creator, a new virtual reality creation tool, Jamboard, an interactive whiteboard that works for remote collaboration, and other products. 

April 3, 2019

Google has announced that Inbox by Gmail is going away at the end of March 2019. Inbox users will be switched to the new Gmail interface, which includes top Inbox features like snooze, nudges, and more to help you get more done.

March 12, 2019

As part of the migration from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Meet that Google announced last year, they will begin migrating video conferencing for recurring Calendar events from classic Hangouts to Meet starting on March 25, 2019.

March 5, 2019

Check out the bConnected Early Adopter Program website for a new Google Forms testing opportunity (restricted to bConnected Google accounts). 

February 8, 2019

Google has announced they will be making changes to the Google Groups settings to make group management easier, starting in May 2019. You may notice an informational banner in the https://bgroups.berkeley.edu user interface. The bConnected team will contact bConnected Lists managers and owners about any impact the changes will have on their Groups in advance of the changes being made. 

Learn more: Announcing changes to Groups settings

February 4, 2019

Google has announced that Inbox by Gmail is going away at the end of March 2019. Inbox users will be switched to the new Gmail interface, which includes top Inbox features like snooze, nudges, and more to help you get more done.

January 6, 2019

Starting on January 7, 2019, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be available. Since bCal offers in-app notifications, you can still get notified, regardless of your device or connection.

If you had previously been receiving Calendar notifications via SMS, they’ll be replaced with in-app and email notifications. You’ll see these notifications:

December 11, 2018