Collaboration Services News and Updates

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Important Upcoming Changes for Those Sending Bulk Mail from Third-Party Systems

Google and Yahoo have recently announced an important change that will be enforced starting February 2024 regarding requirements for sending bulk mail from third-party mail systems, such as MailChimp, SendPulse, and SendGrid, to gmail.com and yahoo.com accounts. Read Google’s announcement here. What’s changing? Google and Yahoo will begin to heavily enforce restrictions, aimed to reduce […]

Bundle Up and Tidy Up

Blankets snuggled tight, a cozy scene: Declutter, declutter, make it serene! Just like your own home, your VCU Google Workspace account may begin to accumulate extra items, such as mail and files in Drive, that you might not need anymore and can be trashed, or might be good to put away in an appropriate place […]

Google Updates Recap: January 2024

Table of contents Google Chat Star important messages in Google Chat Improving space creation in Google Chat Google Drive & Docs Editors Easily share Google Drive files to Google Calendar meeting attendees Introducing a new homepage view in Google Drive Introducing dropdown options on the sharing button in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings Share […]

Google Updates Recap: December 2023

Welcome to 2024! This year we’re kicking off by covering the features announced in December. Moving forward, we will be keeping to a schedule of covering the past month in the current month. Table of contents Google Calendar View full screen tasks lists on Google Calendar Google Chat Introducing a new mobile experience for Google […]

Google Updates Recap for October 23 – November 24, 2023

Welcome back from Fall break! We’re happy to announce a more organized way to see what Drive files you have that need activity from you on both the Web and Mobile, a new way to respond to some of those things through the Drive app for Google Chat, and 1:1 Google Meet calls on mobile. […]

Google Updates Recap for August – October 15, 2023

Table of contents Apps Script View & compare script versions with Apps Script project history Google Calendar New Google Calendar appointment scheduling features Google Chat In-line replies now available within announcement spaces in Google Chat See message view counts in Google Chat spaces Expanding autocorrect to Google Chat on web Copy space member email address […]

Important Upcoming Google Chat Features & Changes

Google Chat will be receiving two major (and positive!) updates that will affect your day-to-day use of the service, including a fresh coat of paint that will bring a more modernized visual experience and the conversion of older threading-style of Google Chat Spaces by “topic” to in-line threading.  Spaces threaded by “topic” will be converted […]

Collaboration Services Welcomes the 2023 Fall Semester!

The Collaboration Services team is excited to welcome or welcome back all students, faculty, and staff to the Fall 2023 semester! Below we’ve rounded up everything you need to know as we get started with the new semester. To subscribe to our blog, click the “Follow” button on the left side of the page and […]

Ramscaping Your Google Account Week 8 – Maintaining a Shared Drive

Welcome to Week 8, our final week of our Ramscaping challenge! This week we’re cleaning out our Shared Drives and setting up long term methods for maintaining them. 🎉 Congratulations to our Ramscaping Week 7 winner, Sam K.! ⏪ If you missed last week, click here to see last week’s post. 🗓️ Weekly Goal: Schedule […]

Ramscaping Your Google Account Week 7 – Requesting a Shared Drive

Welcome to Week 7 of our Ramscaping challenge! This week we dive into Shared Drives, which are shared spaces that allow a team, project, department, etc. to store collaborative files.  ⏪ If you missed last week, click here to see last week’s post. 🎉 Congratulations to Scottie W., our Week 6 Ramscaping winner! 🗓️ Weekly […]

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