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/ November 1, 2010
NYU To Finally Replace Terrible Email With Gmail

It feels like the messiah has finally come. After years of students loathing NYU’s Messenger email system and technology in general, the school has made an historical announcement: “NYU to Move to New Email System: University to Move from In-House System to Google Apps Education Edition“. That’s right – your email and calendar will look and feel exactly like Gmail and Google Calendar (but will of course be separate from your regular Google apps). Sadly, the switch-over won’t be ready until July 2012, but this is still a huge win for NYU. NYU projects Google Apps will save the school “$400,000 per year by eliminating the need to purchase, upgrade, and maintain in-house mail servers and to maintain software licenses.” Here is the post from Google’s blog, cleverly titled, “Passing the torch to the cloud: NYU is going Google”.

The weather report may predict sun today in New York City, but it’s beginning to look more like a city that’s in the “cloud.” Today, NYU announced that it’s moving to Google Apps for Education, providing cloud-based email and collaboration tools to the entire university community. This announcement comes just weeks after New York State created an initiativeto bring Google Apps for Education to their K-12 schools. With students and faculty across New York now using Google Apps, it looks like the Empire State has fully embraced the cloud.

This move to Google Apps will provide more than 60,000 students, staff and faculty at NYU with Google tools like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites and will bring all 18 schools of NYU—including medical, dental and law schools—together on one uniform system. This project is estimated to save the University around $400,000 annually by eliminating the need to purchase, upgrade, and maintain in-house mail servers and software licenses.

Marilyn McMillan, NYU’s Chief Information Officer says the move is “…a win-win: in one stroke, we are able to provide better email services to members of the NYU community, offer a new set of tools for academic collaboration, and achieve savings for the University.”

The community of NYU joins more than 10 million users from thousands of schools across the globe who have gone Google, and we’re proud to welcome them to the family.