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Webmail switches to Gmail

 

Ole Miss students will soon be getting Google email accounts.

The University of Mississippi’s Office of Information Technology has started the transition from UM Webmail to UM Google Mail. Students are now able to opt in to UM Gmail. This account will be hosted with Google, but it will have the “go.olemiss.edu” extension rather than “gmail.com.” 

The UM Webmail account, “WebID@olemiss.edu,” will continue to work for a few more months. Once students opt in to UM Gmail, any email sent to WebID@olemiss.edu will be automatically forwarded to “WebID@go.olemiss.edu.”

A committee was formed in June 2011 to consider an Ole Miss partnership with Google to offer Google Apps for Education to students.

In September 2011, the committee requested input from the university community on this initiative. The survey results showed an overwhelming support to pursue Google Apps for Education as the replacement for UM Webmail.

All Gmail accounts will have 25 gigabytes of personal storage space. There is a one GB limit on the storage of files that are not in the Google docs format.

“The major advantages are that Gmail offers substantially more disk space than UM is able to offer, and Gmail offers better support for mobile devices,” said Kathy Gates, chief information officer for the IT department.

“We anticipate that these two features will be highly appealing and may lead to more students using their university-assigned email accounts.”

Beginning July 9, any remaining student accounts on UM Webmail will be automatically migrated to UM Gmail.

For more information, check out http://go.olemiss.edu, and contact the IT Helpdesk at 662-915-5222 or helpdesk@olemiss.edu for assistance and questions.