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New e-mail service introduced at campus forums

June 8, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Five presentations introducing Webmail Plus, the new collaborative e-mail service of Western Michigan University, are scheduled June 14-23.

All sessions are open to anyone with a WMU e-mail account. The June 23 session is intended especially for retirees and emeriti and will be presented by Dr. James Gilchrist, vice provost and chief information officer. Ed Kluk, assistant director of customer services in information technology, is scheduled to lead the other four presentations.

Introducing Webmail Plus

Monday, June 14, D109 Engineering Building, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 15, Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, June 16, Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 22, Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, June 23, Putney Auditorium, Fetzer Center, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Users of the two current systems--ECS Webmail and GroupWise--do not need to do anything to prepare for the transition to Webmail Plus, which will occur in stages beginning later this month.

About 35,000 students, faculty and staff use ECS Webmail. They will be migrated seamlessly to Webmail Plus by the end of June. ECS Webmail users will not need to change any settings and will continue to use their Bronco NetID and password to access their e-mail.

The 2,000 GroupWise users will be migrated in batches beginning July 15. Shared calendars and other GroupWise files and features will be preserved. Users will be notified by e-mail in advance of their scheduled move. A few changes in account settings will be necessary for current GroupWise users, including a shift to Bronco NetID and password to access e-mail.

Barring unforeseen delays, all students, faculty, staff and other users of WMU e-mail will have been migrated to Webmail Plus by July 31, and everyone at WMU will be using the same e-mail system for the first time since the earliest days of e-mail communication.

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

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