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Hey there University Web Developers! I was hoping you could tell me what you're using for student email and how it is working for you. Have any of you jumped into the outsourced Gmail and Windows Live solutions? We currenly do not provide email for our students but we plan to have a student email solution implemented by Fall 2008 semester.

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In house, home grown system so far as I know. Been giving out student emails a long time here. I dropped the bug of the idea to switch to GMail a while back, but I'm pretty sure that went unnoticed. I doubt there's any leaving this system.
We currently have Groupwise for everyone. Students have to use the webmail or imap, only staff and faculty get the Groupwise Thick Client.

We also have forwarding setup for all alumni to whatever account they want.

I'm taking classes currently and have not had a professor or fellow classmate who was actually using groupwise, they all asked you to email them at either there gmail, yahoo, or ISP's email address.

I would personally say it's best to just outsource it using google since most your kids are probably already using services like that. Having someone else worry about Spam Filtering and things like that is much nicer then doing it yourself. I'm not responsible for it here but at a past job I would had to manage spam servers and they are not fun, and you get lots of hate calls when peoples email is delayed at all.
Since 4 months my university (London) have moved student emails account on external hosted exchange servers. They say that they now have peace of mind knowing that the email hosting service is guatanteed on a 24h basis. Up tp now, the service has been ok with no down time, let's see how it goes...
Since a couple on months my university has moved student email to external hosted exchange servers. They say that they now have peace of mind knowing that the email hosting support is on a 24/7. Up yo now i must say that the service is ok with no down time, but let see how it goes...
Hi,

I've gone through two separate transitions to Gmail at two different colleges. I wills ay that this solution has worked out fairly well, especially with the additional services that Google provides. Feel free to forward any questions you may have.
Hi Jasmine,

Take a real good look at Google Apps for Education (http://studentforce.ning.com/forum/topics/google-apps-for-education). Not only does Google provide fully secure email for students they provide Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation tools - all delivered on line.

Please contact me should you have any questions. Good luck!

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