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Why are we making this change?

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Moving to Google Apps will dramatically increase the level of service we can offer to campus–– storage space, reliability, and functionality – without incurring any additional costs.

The change will give faculty, staff and students access to more advanced Web-based collaboration services, such as Google Docs (which allows multiple users to create, share, view and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, forms and presentations in real time) and Google Talk (a chat function). And Google Apps provides over 25 gigabytes of storage space for users (our current storage allocations are 50 megabytes for students and 250 megabytes for faculty).

Not managing an internal email system any longer will free up time for system administrators to instead focus on improving other service offerings to campus -- to focus on innovation instead of maintaining infrastructure.