Colleges consider outsourcing e-mail
At least a few public colleges are considering using Web mail services from Google or Microsoft as an alternative to the heavy task of setting up e-mail servers in-house, according to an article
from Inside Higher Ed
. These companies are offering to configure their free consumer e-mail services to small businesses and universities.
"Both companies offer integrated e-mail, chat, calendar and publishing tools without advertisements and without any cost to colleges or universities ' no exclusivity required. The standard Google contract is one year, with three one-year auto-renewals; for Microsoft, the typical length is two years. Both preserve universities' ".edu" e-mail domains while offering the functionality of a typical Gmail or Live address," according to the article.
Posted by Joab Jackson on Nov 28, 2007 at 9:39 AM