What's New?

The latest news about bConnected services. 


February 26, 2018

Starting today, you can publish Google Sites to a specific audience. This new feature is great for teams or departments that want to keep their site restricted internally, or to a defined group of people. 

To publish your site to a specific audience, select the “Share with others” icon and change the Published settings to “Specific people can view when published.” Next, add the individuals you want in the “Invite people” box and select “Can view published.”

February 7, 2018

Love Your Data Week @ UC Berkeley is coming up! Join the University Library, Research IT, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) for an exciting set of events during February 12-16. View the Love Your Data Week 2018 Guide for more info.

January 16, 2018

bConnected users may be unable to access their bCal, bMail, and other services requiring CalNet authentication. Information Services & Technology (IST) staff are investigating the issue and will publish updates on the System Status page.

bConnected users should now be able to access services utilizing CalNet authentication, including bMail, bCal, and others. 

January 10, 2018

Last fall Google launched a new user interface for Google Calendar on the web. Google will require all Calendar users to upgrade to the new interface by February 28, 2018, when they will retire the classic version.

January 3, 2018

Google has announced that Inbox by Gmail is going away at the end of March 2019. Inbox users will be switched to the new Gmail interface, which includes top Inbox features like snooze, nudges, and more to help you get more done. For help transitioning to new Gmail, please review Google's support article: Move from Inbox to Gmail

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.


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. 


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.