Have you heard of how Google will be moving into the U of M? Here are some Q/As from the OIT site:
Why is the University moving towards using Google Apps?
Partnering with Google will give University students, faculty, and staff access to a suite of state-of-the art communication and collaboration tools that will enhance their ability to work together. In addition to increased productivity opportunities, Google Apps also will allow the University to save costs in the long run by reducing the need to buy and support software, hardware, and storage to maintain our own independent e-mail service.
What applications will be available?
The University will use the Google Apps for Education Edition, which includes the following applications:
* Gmail (e-mail)
* Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations)
* Google Calendar
* Google Talk (instant messaging)
Keep in mind that the project team still is investigating whether all of these applications will be available in the University Google space.
Read more at: http://www.oit.umn.edu/google-initiative/