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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. 

    Key Features

    April 30, 2020

    What’s changing

    Google Meet is now available in Gmail, which means you can start and join meetings right from your inbox, making it even easier to stay connected.

    New Meet Options

    Options to start or join a Google Meet video meeting now in Gmail

    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:

    February 4, 2020

    Celebrate Love Data Week (LDW) by joining us for a series of events from February 10 through February 14, 2020.
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    January 13, 2020

    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, where you can make those updates directly.

    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. 

    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.

    December 20, 2019

    bConnected staff will respond to any critical problems throughout the holiday curtailment period. End user support will be available through the ITCS Service Desk on all non-holiday dates to assist campus units via phone, email, or online. 

    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: