Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure

Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure

Eric is a performance support analyst senior with ITS Infrastructure. You can reach him at efruth@umich.edu.

Updated Office 365 sign-in screen

To bring U-M Office 365 services in line with U-M branding, ITS will update the service’s sign-in screen. Beginning Monday, October 28, when you use your @umich.edu email address to sign into Office 365, the password screen will display the new U-M Office 365 branding. Also new to the screen is the standard disclaimer for using U-M computing… Read More »

Google Fusion Tables to shut down in December

By | September 30, 2019

Google launched Fusion Tables almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains. To continue… Read More »

Google Hangouts Chat is on hold at U-M

By | September 27, 2019

In February, Google announced plans to transition from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Chat is a workstream collaboration tool that allows for team-based discussion, bots, and more. Google provided a timeline of changes and initially stated they would start retiring classic Hangouts in October, 2019. However, there have been delays as Google listened to critical customer feedback… Read More »

Ability to create classic Google Sites is re-enabled

By | September 5, 2019

In response to strong feedback about certain features and functionality missing in new Google Sites, classic Sites creation has been re-enabled in U‑M Google. This decision was made to minimize impact to fall term coursework requiring those features. Classic Sites creation will be available until closer feature parity exists between classic Sites and new Sites. The main impact… Read More »

ITS will not offer Slack as a centralized service

Due to the anticipated availability of Google Hangouts Chat and Microsoft Teams later this summer, ITS will not offer Slack or Slack Enterprise Grid as a centralized campus service. As a reminder to current Slack users: Slack may not be used with sensitive university data, including data protected by FERPA. Slack accounts are considered to be personal accounts… Read More »

Caution: Only use Google apps with U-M Google

The Collaboration Services team has discovered that using third-party apps to connect to a U-M Google account can lead to unexpected results. Google-created apps and applications Apps and applications created by Google provide the most seamless experience when using Google services, particularly with mobile devices. Google-created apps and applications are also supported by Google, whereas third-party apps are… Read More »

Google+: Recommended action by April 1

As we first communicated on March 4, Google will delete some content in U-M Google+ on April 2, 2019. The ITS Collaboration Services team consulted with Google+ Product Managers to develop a recommended action plan. Please note this information is what we currently understand, according to Google. See the most up to date information directly from Google. Communities Communities owned by at… Read More »

Google Apps Script UI service ending

By | February 21, 2019

Google announced that it will discontinue its Apps Script UI Service on July 15, 2019. Apps Script is a development platform used to create applications that integrate with G Suite. Only the UI service is being discontinued. Apps Script will remain available. We have notified affected U-M users based on a list we received from Google. This is… Read More »

Changes coming to Google Hangouts Chat this spring

By | February 13, 2019

In 2017, Google announced Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team communication. Later this year, Google will transition classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet on the UMICH domain. As a first step, some changes are coming on April 16, 2019. Key dates to note: Starting April 16, 2019 – Chat will begin to gradually roll out to U-M Google accounts on… Read More »