UIS: “I have some good news, and I have some bad news…”
So you won’t be getting any email for a few days… but you will be getting Google!
After a couple obligatory delays (first we were told “early January,” then “by the end of the school year”), it looks like the long-awaited switch to GMail is actually going to happen before the end of the summer. According to an email that UIS sent out last night, the new accounts will be ready by mid-August:
As you have probably heard by now, we will be opening new GUMail accounts for you in partnership with Google. Your georgetown e-mail address will deliver messages to an inbox hosted by Google rather than one hosted by UIS. We are calling this new service Hoyamail which will provide you with much larger storage capacity (7 Gigabytes) and advanced web interface. You will also keep this account along with your Georgetown e-mail address after you graduate from Georgetown. MSB Graduate students will continue to use GroupWise e-mail.
We plan to have the Hoyamail accounts ready by mid-August and will send you updates as that date approaches. As part of the switch to Hoyamail, we will not be able to copy the e-mail you currently have in your GUMail account. We will have documentation available with some strategies for either archiving your current GUMail or forwarding it to your new Google powered account.
Exciting! And, in a move that shows some real effective use of timing, UIS took the opportunity presented by the big GMail announcement to mention that there will be an email outage this Independence Day weekend (from 10 p.m. July 2nd to 8 a.m. July 6th) during which you won’t be able to send or receive messages through your Georgetown account. But hey, GMail!
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