On May 13, 2013, uOttawa student email is going Google. This means every student will now have 25GB of inbox storage, a simple way to sync their mobile devices, chat tools, calendars, enhanced spam filtering and access to easy-to-use collaborative tools like Google Docs.
An early adopter program has been underway for several weeks and has been getting great reviews. Psychology student Jean-Claude Taylor-Cline is part of the first wave of students to sign up for a new @uOttawa.ca Google account, and he has nothing but praise for the new system.
“Creating folders and labelling incoming messages accordingly is my favourite feature of my new account,” says Taylor-Cline. “Tools such as Google Docs are also extremely useful to students, especially for group assignments!”
Under the new system, students will keep their existing @uOttawa.ca email address, but their account will be powered by Google.
“The results from the early adopter student survey are in and they are overwhelmingly positive,” says Michel Biagé, director of student services, Computing and Communication Services. “Our second wave with a larger group is already underway, to ensure the system can handle a larger number of students moving their accounts to the service. It’s the exciting last step before making @uOttawa.ca Google accounts available to all uOttawa students!”
To prepare for the upcoming move to the Google platform, students are advised to engage in a little spring cleaning and begin deleting any messages they no longer need from their @uOttawa.ca inboxes. Students with active Webmail accounts will be able to sign up for this new service later this year. The plan is to migrate over 70,000 existing @uOttawa.ca email addresses to the new service by the end of 2013.
“The new @uOttawa.ca Google platform will enhance the student experience at the University,” says Taylor-Cline. “It’s proof that the University is dedicated to implementing strategies that will help students succeed in their academic endeavours.”
For more information, please visit the Google Apps at uOttawa website
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