Google has recently made a really big push to turn Hangouts into a viable video conferencing solution for all Google Apps customers. As of July 30, Hangouts is now a Core Google App, which means the service is governed by a contract between the University of California and Google, just like Email, Calendar, Drive, Groups, and Sites.
August 20, 2014
August 5, 2014
July 29, 2014
July 21, 2014
Now in Google Docs, any person with "can comment" access to a document will be able to make suggested edits to the document. This is a great new addition to Google Docs!
June 20, 2014
Owners of a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation are now able to move it to the trash from within its own File menu, rather than needing to do so from the Drive home page. Editors and viewers will see the 'Move to trash' option in the File menu, but it will be inactive and greyed out.
May 23, 2014
On certain occasions once you log in to your Google account, you might be asked to provide your telephone or cell phone number. This is a legitimate request from Google.
April 24, 2014
Google recently released one of their largest updates ever to Google Spreadsheets. It’s faster, supports larger spreadsheets, has a number of new features, and works offline! The new Google Spreadsheets are now available in the UCSC Google domain.
April 15, 2014
Last month, Google announced one of the biggest updates to Google Drive Docs and Sheets. The new Add-ons feature for Docs and Sheets makes it really easy to bring some advanced functionality, or just some missing features, to your Drive files.
April 10, 2014
You can add a Hangout to any Google Calendar event with just one click! Guests you invite will be able to join the video call by clicking on the calendar event and selecting the "Join video call" link.
March 14, 2014
Please be advised of an email phishing scam targeting Google Docs and Drive users.
There has been a few stories in the industry press recently, attempting to prove, incorrectly, that Google doesn’t honor it’s commitment to provide Apps for Education customers with an advertisement free and secure service. Google has now written a simple and clear statement on the security/privacy protections built in to Google Apps for Education. It's worth a read...
March 4, 2014
January 31, 2014
Google Drive makes editing a document easier because everyone can share files and work together - in real time. But in Drive, it’s tough to track all the changes to your shared files. So effective immediately, you’ll notice a new activity stream in Drive – a single, easy-to-view place to review every action taken on your files and folders.
January 9, 2014
On Jan. 20, 2014 Google is changing the UCSC Google sign in page. The new sign-in page will have a consistent look across all the Google Apps services for everyone.
December 13, 2013
Google Groups now has an Auto-Reply feature! If you're the creator or owner/manager of a Google Group, the auto-reply feature allows you to create up to four different, customized auto-responses for different recipients:
December 11, 2013
This is a great new feature Google rolled out to our UCSC domain last week! When you join, invite someone to join, or directly add them to a Google Group, that person will automatically be added to all of the Group's meetings in Google Calendar.
December 6, 2013
You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder.
November 1, 2013
October 16, 2013
September 25, 2013
Some of you probably didn't even notice, but Google had a substantial problem delivering email messages on Monday, Sept. 23. Read all about it. Remember to always check the ITS website (its.ucsc.edu) for the latest Google and other service outage/status information under News & Alerts.
September 10, 2013
Google Open Labs are available to faculty, staff, and students to drop in and get personal help with Google services. Labs are open two days per month from 1:30 to 3:30 at Kerr Hall 159 and 2300 Delaware 279.
August 21, 2013
It's hard to keep up with every single change Google makes to their products since they release hundreds of updates every year. I try to highlight the "big" updates in this blog specific to UCSC, but here are 5 exciting "little" updates worth mentioning that took place this summer to Gmail and Google Drive.
July 30, 2013
The new Google+ Hangouts is now available to UCSC. The new Hangouts unifies chats, audio calls, and video meetings across all of your devices. Whether you’re in Gmail, on the desktop, Android phones, tablets, iPhone, iPad or using a Chrome extension, you won't miss a thing because all your Hangouts are synchronized. You can start a Hangout on your phone, and pick it up in Gmail right where you left off!
July 16, 2013
June 21, 2013
We get a lot of different types of email: messages from our boss, co-workers and friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more. All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.