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Webmail Plus arrives today for most users

June 30, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Beginning today and continuing through July, Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff will be moving to a new e-mail system, Webmail Plus, with powerful tools and collaborative features.

The biggest migration takes place today with more than 50,000 users of WMU's e-communication services, ECS Webmail, moving to Webmail Plus. It's moving day for all students and recent graduates and about one-third of the faculty and staff.

E-mail service will be unavailable between 6 and 9 p.m. today, June 30, and those migrated from ECS mail to Webmail Plus may experience a delay in having all recent messages moved from their old ECS account to their new Webmail Plus account. Migration of all messages for all users should be completed by no later than Friday, July 2.

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.

ECS Webmail is frequently accessed through GoWMU, the University's secure intranet portal. The transition will be seamless for ECS users. 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

Users of GroupWise mail--about 2,500 faculty and staff--will be migrated in smaller groups beginning July 14.

More information about Webmail Plus

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

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