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Coming soon: Webmail Plus

April 26, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is moving to a new e-mail system, Webmail Plus, with powerful tools and collaborative features.

The change will occur in stages, June through August. When the migration to Webmail Plus is completed, everyone at WMU--students, faculty and staff--will be using the same e-mail system for the first time since the earliest days of e-mail communication.

Webmail Plus integrates e-mail with multiple address books, tasks, an online storage briefcase and shared calendars. Even more collaborative features will be rolled out next year. The Web interface is attractive and intuitive, and Webmail Plus works elegantly on a variety of mobile devices.

Users of the two current systems--ECS Webmail and GroupWise--do not need to do anything to prepare for the change. More information will be sent to users of each system closer to the actual move to Webmail Plus.

ECS Webmail (GoWMU mail) users

Users of WMU's e-communication services, ECS Webmail, will be the first to move to Webmail Plus. Nearly all students and about one-third of faculty and staff members use the system, which is frequently accessed through GoWMU, the University's secure intranet portal.

The transition will be seamless for ECS users, who will be migrated over a period of about one week. Webmail Plus will be accessed exactly the same ways as the current system, using the same Bronco NetID and password used now. For those using mail clients, such as Outlook or Thunderbird, all of the settings will remain the same.

GroupWise users

GroupWise users--about two-thirds of faculty and staff--will be migrated over a six-week period. The move should be nearly seamless for GroupWise users. Passwords and some settings will change, but everything will be restored in the new mail system.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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