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September 16, 2019

G Suite Updates Blog

Now, when you have an Out of office (OOO) entry on your calendar, a notice of that OOO status will appear in bMail and Hangouts Chat when people try to contact you.

In bMail, we’ll show a banner about the recipient being out of office and when they’ll be back in the email compose window.

September 12, 2019

All Box services are now restored.

There is a global outage for, which impacts UC Berkeley Box accounts. If you try to access the Box webapp you will see a 502 response. Box engineers are working to resolve the issue.

Please check for up-to-date information.

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 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

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

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. 

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.

May 2, 2019

The CalShare service is back online. Thank you for your patience! 

CalShare service is currently unavailable. The bConnected team is awaiting further information from Microsoft on a resolution time. 

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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. For help transitioning to new Gmail, please review Google's support article: Move from Inbox to Gmail.

March 27, 2019

The Academic Innovation Studio is hosting a workshop for Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Instructors, Post-doctoral students, and Researchers where you can learn from real Google trainers about new products for collaboration and communication, plus tips and tricks for getting the most out of Drive, docs, bMail, and bCal. Get hands on with Tour Creator (virtual reality creation tool), Jamboard (interactive whiteboard), and more.

March 20, 2019

The ASUC's Academic Affairs Vice President's office has created a survey to better understand graduate and undergraduate students' on and off campus experience using technology while at Cal. Please take a few minutes to provide your input to enhance the student experience!