What's New?

The latest news about bConnected services. 

News

July 24, 2017

Create better Google Forms, more quickly, with Google's newest intelligent features in Forms:

  • Intelligent response validation
  • Cross-domain file uploads
  • Preferences
  • “Checkbox grid” questions
  • Section reordering

Read on for more details.

July 19, 2017

The bSecure project is a new initiative from the Network Operations & Services and Information Security & Policy teams to replace legacy firewalls and VPN, and provide proactive security technologies to Campus. You are invited to join the bSecure team for a series of Town Hall events this month. All are welcome and existing Campus firewall customers are strongly encouraged to attend.

July 17, 2017

Google Hangouts and Inbox will be available for all bConnected account holders starting today. 

Hangouts

Newly available features include:

July 5, 2017

Sending through the CalMail SMTP server has been restricted as part of the Email Simplification Program. If your campus application, system, or device is experiencing a service interruption and can no longer send email, please see: What are my mail sending options when CalMail SMTP server is retired? for configuration instructions.

June 27, 2017

The CalMail SMTP server will be retired on June 30, 2017 as part of the Email Simplification Program. Campus applications, systems, and devices that are currently using the CalMail server should be reconfigured in advance of this date. The bConnected team has contacted all known departments and individuals impacted by the change, but certain devices (e.g. multifunction devices/scanners) are not easily identifiable and may experience a service interruption if not updated.   

June 23, 2017

Due to current contract obligations with Google, UC Berkeley Google Talk users will temporarily be unable to exchange instant messages with those outside of the Berkeley domain starting on June 26, 2017. Users who need the ability to communicate with individuals outside of @berkeley.edu or associated subdomains (e.g. @haas.berkeley.edu, @physics.berkeley.edu) will need to find alternate means. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and are working to resolve the contractual issues as soon as possible.

 

June 15, 2017

Box just announced the availability of a public beta version of their new “Box Drive” app.

Box Drive is the upcoming replacement for Box Sync. The major new feature is that Box Drive makes Box appear to be a mounted network drive on your computer, meaning that you will have access to all of your files and folders on Box, without having to sync them down to your computer.

June 14, 2017

The CalMail SMTP server will be retired on June 30, 2017 as part of the Email Simplification Program. Campus applications, systems, and devices that are currently using the CalMail server should be reconfigured in advance of this date. The bConnected team has contacted all known departments and individuals impacted by the change, but certain devices (e.g. multifunction devices/scanners) are not easily identifiable and may experience a service interruption if not updated.

May 30, 2017

The bConnected team will launch mybConnected, the new modern and simplified self-service application for managing bConnected accounts and lists on May 31, 2017. Users will be able to add aliases, manage their contact display preference, and create/delete/update ownership of their mailing lists. Starting tomorrow users can access  bConnected accounts and lists directly from: https://mybconnected.berkeley.edu.  

May 25, 2017

The new Box web experience has launched for all Berkeley Box users! 

New and updated features include:

May 22, 2017

The new Box web experience will launch for all Berkeley Box users on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Starting this date, Box will automatically update to the new interface and the legacy version will no longer be available.

New and updated features include:

May 19, 2017

New Google Contacts Preview is launching for bMail users on Tuesday, May 23rd. Google Contacts Previewoffers the ability to import contacts from a wide variety of supported mail and contact sources, easily get rid of duplicate contacts, and supports high resolution photographs. Users can opt to switch back to the old version if desired. 

May 12, 2017

The bConnected team will launch MybConnected, the new modern and simplified self-service application for managing bConnected accounts and lists on May 31, 2017. Users will be able to add aliases, manage their contact display preference, and create/delete/update ownership of their mailing lists. Here's a sneak peak of the user interface:

May 5, 2017

As mentioned in the Technology Global Phishing Alert announcement, UC Berkeley IT teams were able to identify the bMail accounts that were affected by the Google Docs phishing campaign, and revoked access to the malicious app on Wednesday, May 3rd.

May 3, 2017

The bConnected team is investigating reports about suspicious messages appearing as shared Google Docs. These look like they are coming from internal bConnected users, but are asking for OAuth credentials. Please forward any suspicious looking messages to consult@berkeley.edu

April 18, 2017

Stop by the Academic Innovation Studio from 11:00am-1:00pm for this exciting drop-in event with technology demonstrations and mini-sessions on topics ranging from active learning to research data privacy to working with the media...and much more! Discover new ideas and information, connect with colleagues, and meet with more than 20 academic support and IT groups from across campus. 

April 14, 2017

The following legacy aliases for @lists.berkeley.edu will be discontinued on April 17, 2017:

  • @list.berkeley.edu
  • @listlink.berkeley.edu 

We have already communicated with list managers whose lists have received mail to these legacy list/listlink aliases within the past 90 days. However, these legacy addresses may be stored in your contacts. Please double-check you are emailing the proper [name]@lists.berkeley.edu address rather than these alias addresses. 

April 13, 2017

Capitalizing a large portion of text or an especially long title can be a pain. Doing the opposite—converting capital letters to lowercase—is equally a waste of time. With this launch, Google is making those tasks quick and easy in Google Docs on the web.

Now you can simply choose “Capitalization” from the Format menu in Docs, and select one of the following:

April 12, 2017

Stop by the Academic Innovation Studio for this exciting drop-in event with technology demonstrations and mini-sessions on topics ranging from active learning to research data privacy to working with the media...and much more! Discover new ideas and information, connect with colleagues, and meet with more than 20 academic support and IT groups from across campus. Scheduled for April 18, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Learn more.