As you know, the University has signed an agreement with Google to provide email and calendar services to all University faculty, staff, and students. As a result of this agreement, University Office of Information Technology is expected to discontinue support for all current University email clients and UMCal sometime around the end of 2010 (actual date has not yet been confirmed). In response, Extension IT has developed plans for an Extension-wide transition to Google Apps in summer-fall 2010 that will occur in two phases: Phase I will include Regional Office support staff in August and September (after the bulk of state and county fair efforts have subsided); and, Phase II will include all remaining Extension faculty and staff and will occur in October and November (after Program Conference).
We will be providing information about Gmail and Google calendar, including instructions on preparing for and managing your migration, through future issues of Extension enews as well as individual email messages.
IT Operations Manager