Hardware and Software: Google Apps

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Binghamton University has partnered with Google to provide our students, faculty and staff tools to enhance communication and collaboration.

Google Apps Education Edition is a suite of hosted communication and collaboration applications designed for institutions of higher education. Google Apps Education Edition will provide additional features beyond email such as larger mail boxes, expanded data storage, a calendar system, documentation storage and a website creation tool. Users will continue to use their existing @binghamton.edu email address.

Communication Tools

Gmail (Bmail) – unlimited free storage, built-in IM, voice and video chat, mobile access, spam and virus protection, IMAP, POP and Google powered email search.

Gmail confidential mode – users can help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access using Gmail confidential mode. Recipients of messages in confidential mode don't have the option to forward, copy, print, or download messages, including attachments. Users can set a message expiration date, revoke message access at any time, and require an SMS verification code to access messages. Learn how to send/open confidential emails here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7674059 More info. can also be found here: https://support.google.com/a/answer/7684332?hl=en

Important: Although confidential mode helps prevent the recipients from accidentally sharing an email, it doesn't prevent recipients from taking screenshots or photos of your messages or attachments. Recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may be able to copy or download your messages or attachments.

Google Calendar – share calendars with anyone on campus – class or exam schedules, group meetings, or events.

Google Talk – Instant messaging, free calling (VOIP)/voicemail box, file transfer, group chat.

Collaboration Tools

Google Drive - store everything, share anything with Google Drive. Google Drive is available on your Mac, PC, Android or IOS device. Google Drive can be downloaded at: http://google.com/drive/download.

Google Sites – team website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration.

Google Video – securely share videos with your school.

Google Groups - Create your own moderated forums and mailing lists featuring strong sharing and management controls.


  • Same email address – your address remains the same (userid@binghamton.edu)
  • No user sign-up – accounts will be created by the ITS department
  • More storage – Bmail powered by Google offers unlimited free storage
  • Larger attachments – send and receive 25mb attachments
  • Spam and virus protection – less spam and viruses in your inbox
  • No Ads – all current faculty, staff and students accounts are ad free. After you graduate, you may be presented with ads just like a normal Gmail account
  • You can keep your mail address for life as long as you graduate or retire from Binghamton University

More Information

For more information about Google Apps at Binghamton University please see our Google Apps Help Center page and the Google Apps @Binghamton Frequently Asked Questions.