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The latest news about bConnected services. 

News

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 17, 2018

All bConnected services, including G Suite (bMail, bCal, bDrive, etc.) and Box, will be available over the holiday curtailment period (Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019) ; however, IT support will be extremely limited. bConnected support staff will respond to any critical problems reported to bConnected@berkeley.edu. End user support will be available through the CSS IT Service Desk on all non-holiday dates to assist campus units via phone, email, or online.

December 11, 2018

December 10, 2018

On January 31, 2019, Box will deprecate support for WebDAV. The Berkeley Box Support Team will be contacting the 25 impacted users, and provide recommended alternative options.

Learn more: Deprecation WebDAV Support

 

November 27, 2018

Contacts hovercards provide lots of useful information about the people within your organization. Over the next few days, Google will be adding more information to these hovercards when the contact itself is a group.

Hovercard Group

November 26, 2018

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:

November 8, 2018

You can now show automated real-time captions when you present in Google Slides. This feature uses your computer's microphone to detect your spoken presentation, and then transcribes what you say as captions on the slides you're presenting. This helps improve accessibility and in environments where it's hard to hear. This feature can help make your presentation more effective for:

October 23, 2018

The Hangouts Chat Desktop app is now available for Windows and Mac. Learn more about how to use Hangouts Chat, or Download Hangouts Chat and get started right away!

October 8, 2018

The new Gmail experience was launched earlier this year with an opt-in option. Soon after October 16th, 2018, new Gmail will become the default experience, and anyone who previously opted out will be automatically migrated to the new experience. Users will no longer be able to toggle back and forth between the classic and new versions of Gmail. 

Additional resources: 

October 3, 2018

The mybConnected application will be temporarily unavailable on Tuesday, October 9th from 7:00AM-9:30AM. The following bConnected services will be impacted:

  1. Manage Your Account - creation and changes to accounts

  2. Manage Your Mailing Lists - creation, transfer and deletion of mailing lists

September 12, 2018

As previously announced, Box has ended support for Box apps and custom apps using an insecure security protocol (TLS 1.0) on June 25, 2018. These applications will stop working on November 12, 2018 at 8:00AM. Any individuals still using unsupported apps will be contacted directly by Box on the week of September 17, 2018. 

August 27, 2018

Before you begin the download and installation process for Microsoft Office software, run the Synchronize CalNet Passphrase Tool(link is external). This will ensure that your passphrase is in sync and prevent login failures later in the download process.

August 17, 2018

The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff. It's also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year. 

August 13, 2018

Rescheduling in Google Calendar just got easier. Starting August 13, 2018, Google is introducing a new feature that enables more efficient meeting scheduling. Now, each guest invited to a meeting can propose a new time and the organizer can easily review and accept time proposals. This allows for richer communication between attendees, reduces time spent on meeting practicalities, and makes meetings more productive with key stakeholders in attendance.

July 25, 2018

Google will be retiring "legacy" comments made on "binary" files such as Microsoft Office or PDFs that are stored in Google Drive, starting on July 31, 2018. The bConnected team will be contacting 82 individuals who are impacted by this change. 

This is related to the New Ways to Comment on Microsoft Files (and more) announcement made on February 7, 2018.

 

July 11, 2018

Whether you’re on vacation or just offline at the end of your workday, Google Calendar can help protect your time out of the office. Google is introducing a new out of office option and customizable working hours to further improve your digital well-being.

Indicate when you’re going out of office

When creating an event on the web, simply select the “Out of office” Calendar entry type. The Out of office object will have a different look on the Calendar grid, signalling to others that you’re unavailable.

July 3, 2018

To help Google Forms users create more personalized surveys, feedback forms, quizzes, and more, Google is introducing new theme customization options. Specifically, you can now choose colors and fonts to theme your form. 

June 22, 2018

In order to maintain the highest security standards, promote the safety of customers' data, and align with industry-wide best practices, Box will disable the TLS 1.0 encryption protocol across all Box services on June 25, 2018 (postponed from June 15, 2018). This generally affects older versions of Box Sync, Box Drive, and Box Edit. The bConnected Box Service team will contact any users who have used tools that use the TLS 1.0 encryption protocol within the past 30 days. 

June 14, 2018

Update 6/15 8:00am: This work was successfully completed, without an outage.

Maintenance on the Earl Warren Hall Data Center firewalls between midnight and 3 AM on Friday, June 15th may affect your ability to log in via CalNet to services including the bConnected Google and Box services, and the bCourses Projects sites.

If you are already logged into Google or Box or bCourses, your access should not be affected.

See the IST Service Status page for more details.

June 8, 2018

In order to maintain the highest security standards, promote the safety of customers' data, and align with industry-wide best practices, Box will disable the TLS 1.0 encryption protocol across all Box services on June 15, 2018. This generally affects older versions of Box Sync, Box Drive, and Box Edit. The bConnected Box Service team will contact any users who have used tools that use the TLS 1.0 encryption protocol within the past 30 days.