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The latest news about bConnected services. 

News

December 4, 2017

Starting today, you can switch to Google's new sleek calendar interface in bCal. 

Try the new calendar:

November 15, 2017

Google has reported that the Docs outage has now been resolved. If you continue to experience issues, please contact bConnected@berkeley.edu

There is a Google Docs outage that is impacting a significant subset of users, including bConnected accounts. Google is working to resolve the issue and will post  updates on the G Suite Status Dashboard

September 28, 2017

The UC Berkeley campus community is invited to pilot test two early release Google products as part of the G Suite Early Adopter Program (EAP): Hangouts Chat and App Maker.

September 7, 2017

UPDATED 9/7/2017: The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. 

Google is investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. Users have reported issues loading files that results in a 500 error. 

Check the G Suite Status Dashboard for up-to-date information. 

August 25, 2017

Good news for Box account holders! Beginning August 28th, all of your bConnected email aliases will be synced with your Box account. This means your collaborators will be able to share content with your primary or alias email addresses, and it will be associated with your UC Berkeley Box account.

If you have any questions about this change, please email bConnected@berkeley.edu

August 1, 2017

Google SItes is now available for bConnected users. View information on the Google Sites service page, or log in to https://sites.google.com/new to get started.

Resources:

July 29, 2017

Approximately four thousand bConnected Box users received email messages early Saturday morning notifying them that their accounts were updated with additional email addresses.

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.