G Suite, formerly known as Google Apps for Education, is a powerful communication and collaboration suite available to all students, faculty and staff. G Suite includes the following supported tools:
Gmail - provides our users with unlimited email storage, highly effective spam filtering and powerful search integrated with voice and video chat
Google Calendar - allows our users to easily coordinate class and meeting schedules online
Google Drive / Google Docs / Sheets / Slides - gives our users tools to create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings in real-time, as well as upload and share any file type; provides unlimited storage space, accessible from almost any device, anywhere, any time
Google Hangouts - lets our users send instant messages to contacts for free anytime anywhere in the world; provides cross-platform audio and videoconferencing tools, screen sharing, etc.
Google Sites - provides our users with tools to work together to keep related documents, personal web content and other information in one place on one site
Google Groups for Business - allows campus groups, organizations and other units to collaborate online via forums, access control, etc.
Because these tools are Powered by Google, our users know that they will be available anytime anywhere on both desktop and mobile platforms. The G Suite login also provides access to additional tools underneath the Google umbrella (e.g. Google+, Blogger, YouTube, etc.). See our Terms of Service page for more information.
Your G Suite account (@heidelberg.edu) is completely separate from any personal Google account you may already use. They will not be combined, and you will need to log in separately with each account's credentials to check email unless you set up forwarding or have one account check the other. Any private "@gmail.com" account will not change.
As of August 2016, G Suite users also have access to Inbox by Gmail. Please note that the (traditional) Gmail web and mobile interfaces will continue to be the preferred email clients at Heidelberg. Google remains committed to continuing support for Gmail. Google has provided a short video to highlight Inbox by Gmail. Key features of Inbox by Gmail include
Improved Inbox management
Mail is automatically bundled into categories like Promos, Social, Purchases, Trips, and Low Priority
Set a schedule for your bundles to display in your Inbox: immediately, once a day, or once a week
Pin important emails so they are easy to find
Take messages out of your inbox until a specified time or arrival at a specified place
Integrated Calendar reminders that can be tied to email messages
Orders contain up to date tracking information
If you choose to use Inbox by Gmail, please note that it does not yet support the following features that are supported by the (traditional) Gmail interface:
Advanced search options drop down menu. However, Inbox does support advanced search operators like From: or To: when typed in the search box
Ability to create filters
Labs and offline access
Configuring multiple accounts
Ability to tag a message or conversation with multiple labels