Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TEC-T to Reveal Two Blitzmail Replacement Options

This is from the Dartmouth Daily Update that just arrived in my inbox.
The Task Force on Email and Collaboration Technology is holding information sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on April 28 and 29 in Haldeman 041 to update the community on the assessment of potential replacements for BlitzMail and Oracle Calendar, and to demo the two products under consideration.

For more information about the sessions, see http://www.dartmouth.edu/comp/about/committees/tect

Emphasis added. Our guess at TDR as that these will, in fact, be Microsoft Exchange and GMail. Remember, you heard it here first!

UPDATE (4/22): I learned today that the two products will in fact be Google and Microsoft from a member of the task force. The system eventually chosen will be free for the College but will carry advertisements; this may be slightly inconvenient for those using the system, but in the face of budget cuts, it's a wise and prudent move. I also learned that the system will retain the Blitzmail name and will carry unlimited mailbox size. The system will be in place for the class of 2013 when they arrive next fall.

1 comment:

gollum said...

I recommend avoiding the product whose name gives no clue as to how it should be pronounced:

Microsoft Live@edu

Is it "live and let live" or "live from New York"? Is it "eee dee yoo" or "edyoo"? What does this name convey that "mail" does not? I bet the name and approach of the entire division are jettisoned by Microsoft within a year as MS tries to imitate superior competitors.