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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


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