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Google Apps at the U

I recently informed everyone about the initiative to incorporate Gmail into the new UMMail infrastructure. I wanted to inform everyone that due to overwhelming interest, OIT has decided to speed up the process on incorporating the full Google Apps Suite. Read more about this below and look for these apps to be incorporated to a greater degree in my communication with everyone!

Google Apps at the U

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has begun work on plans to integrate Google applications for use at the University.

Since it was first announced, the UMMail/Google Mail project has generated a great deal of interest across the University, and the project team has received many questions and comments since we began our planning process and began informing people about plans for using GMail at the U.

Because of the interest the project has generated, the Google Initiative will include the entire suite of collaboration tools included with Google Apps, as well as GMail. A University Google account, in addition to e-mail, will offer access to the University Google Apps suite, and will provide users the opportunity to share documents with others in the University Google space.

In order to keep the University community better informed, we have created the Google Initiative project Web site to serve as a convenient central source for information and updates on the project. The site includes a FAQ page where we can address the questions and issue that you present to us. It is our intention to provide regular and timely updates to this site and address your questions so that they can reach as broad an audience as possible.

The project team will take some time to take a closer look at how Google Apps suite can best serve the mission and goals of the University. We appreciate your patience while we gather additional information and assess the impact of this broader scope on our time lines and implementation plans.

We invite you to send your suggestions, questions, and concerns to gpilot@umn.edu.

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