Google Quota Changes

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under drive, gmail, new feature

30gb-free imageSince Gmail launched, it’s always had it’s own quota and since Google Drive launched, that has always had it’s quota too. As users use the products more/more, they’ve had to manage 2 quotas and to be frank, it’s confusing.


To get around this, Google have recently announced ‘unified storage’, where there is one quota for Gmail, Drive and Google+ (though UoB doesn’t yet use Google+):



This means that you now have one 30GB quota to use both for your Gmail and any documents you store on Google Drive.  Quota on Google Drive only applies for files you upload and do not convert to Google’s own format. You can have unlimited numbers of documents you create in Google Drive or that you convert.

(these changes will be rolling out across the month of June, you can always check your quota at the bottom of your Gmail window)


the all new Gmail inbox

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under android, gmail, inbox, ios, mobile, new feature

Inboxes can be overwhelming. We all get masses of email everyday and sorting through it all, manually, can be a drag.

All the emails we get are different types: business related, personal related, Facebook, Groupon, the list is endless! All of these emails distract and compete for your attention, taking you away from the emails that matter most to you. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.

But it doesn’t need to be that way…

Beginning later this month, University Gmail users will be able to opt into a brand new Gmail inbox. On the desktop, the new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs. You simply choose which categories you want and voilà! Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when.

Gmail new inbox demo

You can easily customize the new inbox – select the tabs you want from all five to none, drag-and-drop to move messages between tabs, set certain senders to always appear in a particular tab and star messages so that they also appear in the Primary tab.


It doesn’t stop there – the Mobile apps are also changing to match the Desktop experience. In the Gmail for Android 4.0+ and Gmail for iPhone and iPad apps, you’ll see your Primary mail when you open the app and you can easily navigate to the other tabs.



However, if the new inbox isn’t quite your style, you can simply switch off all optional tabs to go back to classic view, or switch to any of your other favourite inbox types.

The new inbox is rolling out later in June. The Android and iOS versions are become available now. Keep an eye on the settings and select Configure inbox when it appears in the Settings options.



The new Google @ UoB blog

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under Uncategorized


This blog is replacing the project blog that we ran through the project. Now we’ve successfully migrated all staff/students, the information we need to communicate out changes. On this blog we’ll be having regular posts from across the University that:

  • show you new ways of working using Google tools to help you
  • highlight any new features or apps that Google provide
  • showing tips, tricks and hints to give you a better Google experience.
  • … anything else you want to see!

If there is anything you want to see on this blog, feel free to email me directly: mally.mclane@bristol.ac.uk


Mally Mclane