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The latest news about bConnected services. 

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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.
Love Data Week 2020

January 13, 2020

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. 

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 calendar.google.com, where you can make those updates directly.

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

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.

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:

September 12, 2019

There is a global outage for Box.com, 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 https://status.box.com/ for up-to-date information.

All Box services are now restored. 

https://status.box.com/

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.