A TIME magazine article from last Friday 8/14:
"Google and Microsoft: The Battle Over College E-Mail"
"When Notre Dame hired out their e-mail to Google last year, the school saved $1.5 million in storage and other tech costs"
I feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled upon this article while searching for a distraction from studying for a summer final. I had no idea Google offered this free service and am especially excited for its potential to actually save our University some operating funds! I already forward my UHmail to Gmail and love every aspect of it--especially the "Labels" (the automatic filters are very convenient) and "Calender" (along with "tasks", saves my life)...and "Themes" are always fun!
Google "Labs" is also constantly coming up with improvements. Recent features include an improved Gtalk Instant messaging function connected to your automatically updated address book, and an "undo send" option!
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I requested for an UHmail increase in my personal bandwidth allowance, from 100mb-250mb but even that is still not nearly enough for myself and many college students. Google, on the other hand, offers close to 74gb (7,359mb).
For UHM student readers, I'm scheduling a meeting with ITS next week to discuss this initiative.