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November 15, 2017

Google has reported that the Docs outage has now been resolved. If you continue to experience issues, please contact

September 28, 2017

The UC Berkeley campus community is invited to pilot test two early release Google products as part of the G Suite Early Adopter Program (EAP): Hangouts Chat and App Maker.

September 7, 2017

UPDATED 9/7/2017: The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. 

Google is investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. Users have reported issues loading files that results in a 500 error. 

Check the G Suite Status Dashboard for up-to-date information. 

July 24, 2017

Create better Google Forms, more quickly, with Google's newest intelligent features in Forms:

  • Intelligent response validation
  • Cross-domain file uploads
  • Preferences
  • “Checkbox grid” questions
  • Section reordering

Read on for more details.

July 17, 2017

Google Hangouts and Inbox will be available for all bConnected account holders starting today. 


Newly available features include:

June 23, 2017

Due to current contract obligations with Google, UC Berkeley Google Talk users will temporarily be unable to exchange instant messages with those outside of the Berkeley domain starting on June 26, 2017. Users who need the ability to communicate with individuals outside of or associated subdomains (e.g., will need to find alternate means. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and are working to resolve the contractual issues as soon as possible.

May 19, 2017

New Google Contacts Preview is launching for bMail users on Tuesday, May 23rd. Google Contacts Previewoffers the ability to import contacts from a wide variety of supported mail and contact sources, easily get rid of duplicate contacts, and supports high resolution photographs. Users can opt to switch back to the old version if desired. 

May 5, 2017

As mentioned in the Technology Global Phishing Alert announcement, UC Berkeley IT teams were able to identify the bMail accounts that were affected by the Google Docs phishing campaign, and revoked access to the malicious app on Wednesday, May 3rd.

April 13, 2017

Capitalizing a large portion of text or an especially long title can be a pain. Doing the opposite—converting capital letters to lowercase—is equally a waste of time. With this launch, Google is making those tasks quick and easy in Google Docs on the web.

Now you can simply choose “Capitalization” from the Format menu in Docs, and select one of the following:

March 27, 2017

Google Hangouts Meet is available to bConnected users starting Tuesday, March 28, 2017! With Meet, you can hold impromptu video meetings on the go, virtual training classes around the world, remote interviews, and much more. Learn how to use Google’s new video conferencing solution: Get Started with Hangouts Meet

March 21, 2017

Google has made the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office more secure and easier to use. In particular, the plug-in authentication flow has been updated as part of Google's effort to modernize OAuth interactions in native applications. The new authentication flow requires users to authenticate via the default browser on their system, and not through embedded browsers known as "web-views".

March 17, 2017

On April 3, 2017, Google will shut down older versions of the following Android and iOS applications: 

Google has begun rolling out a new improvement to Gmail desktop users that makes previewing video attachments in Gmail much smoother and quicker. Previously, in order to view a video attachment in Gmail, you would have to download it to your computer and open it with a media player. When opening an email with video attachments, you will now see a thumbnail of the video and have the ability to stream it, right from inside Gmail.

Note: this release may take up to 15 days for feature visibility. 

March 16, 2017

Google is investigating a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. Some users of the Google Drive Sync client will be receiving the error message "Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit." We will provide an update as soon as possible. 

Check G Suite Status Dashboard for up-to-date information. 

The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.
The Windows client will automatically update with this fixed version within the next 10 hours. Alternatively, affected users can download the updated version of the client from Affected Windows 10 users may be required to sign in to their Google account within the client.

March 2, 2017

Sending and receiving attachments is an important part of email exchanges. While Google Drive offers a convenient way to share files of any size, sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. Starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly in your bMail account. 

Note: Sending size limits will remain the same at 25MB; however, just as before, you can use Google Drive to send larger attachments.

Receiving Limits in Gmail

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 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 2, 2017

Google has made scheduling meetings smarter in Google Calendar the web