As part of the UCSC Google Apps Project, ITS will be turning on all Google consumer Apps (except Merchant Center, Chrome Web Store, and Marketplace) for the UCSC domain on September 20. Here is a list of the Apps that will be turned on: http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=181865
Google has two types of Apps, "core" and "consumer". You already have access to the UCSC core Google Apps, (email, calendar, docs/drive, groups, sites, chat, and mobile) and on September 20, you'll have access to use the Google consumer Apps if you'd like to - the choice is yours.
It will now be possible for you to use your UCSC account to access these consumer Apps and maintain separation between your UCSC and personal Google account. For instance, if you would like to share a Google Picasa album with your students or use Google Analytics with a UCSC website, you will be able to use your @ucsc.edu account rather than your personal @gmail.com account.
You should be aware that each Google consumer App has its own, separate terms and conditions. You must also still adhere to UC policies and procedures in your use of your @ucsc.edu account.
More details on how to access and use the Google consumer Apps coming soon.
If you have a question, please submit an IT Request ticket at http://itrequest.ucsc.edu or contact the ITS Support Center by email email@example.com, telephone 459-HELP(4357), or in-person Kerr Hall Room 54.