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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 20, 2017

Communications have been sent directly to anyone impacted by this change. All unclaimed addresses will be retired on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 

Submit the Legacy Email Retention Form by Wednesday, March 22, 2017 if you need to retain an address contained within the following legacy domains:

March 17, 2017

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. 

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

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 6, 2017

Communications will be sent directly to anyone impacted by this change. All unclaimed addresses will be retired on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 

Submit the Legacy Email Retention Form by Wednesday, March 22, 2017 if you need to retain an address contained within the following legacy domains:

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 28, 2017

There is a widespread Amazon Web Services outage that is impacting certain cloud service providers. Users may receive errors when uploading/viewing content with Box View API and Crocodoc. Box engineers are continuing to track the status of Amazon S3 services. Customers can monitor Amazon S3 status via

Box Engineers have confirmed View API and Crodococ functionality have been restored, and Box installers are available for download. Amazon S3 services have also been declared stable by Amazon. If you're still experiencing issues with the View API, Crocodoc, or installer downloads, please contact the Box User Services team via

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 7, 2017

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events that will be held from February 13th-17th as a part of 

February 2, 2017

Gmail will no longer support Chrome Browser version 53 and below, starting on February 8, 2017. Users will see a banner at the top of their Gmail interface encouraging them to upgrade to the latest version of Chrome (currently version 55). Chrome Browser version 55 contains several important security updates. 

  • Gmail will continue to function on Chrome Browser v53 and below through the end of the year. Users who remain on Chrome v53 and below could be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail as early as Dec 2017.

Google has made scheduling meetings smarter in Google Calendar the web

January 31, 2017

As of February 1, 2017, Google will discontinue service for Drive for Mac/PC desktop app versions 1.27 and lower. Users who are still on versions 1.22 or lower will no longer sync files between Drive and the local storage using this product. As a reminder, support for the Drive sync client service falls outside the scope of UC Berkeley’s bConnected team’s terms of service.

January 30, 2017

Google has launched several new and useful features to Android and iOS devices.

On your Android phone or tablet, you can now:

January 27, 2017