A major change is in store for the University’s e-mail system, one that administrators hope will make e-mail easier for students and staff — and save UNC money.
Beginning in April, the University will begin transitioning from its Webmail service to HeelMail, which Microsoft’s Live@edu platform will provide free of charge.
“In the long run, this will be saving money,” said Max Beckman-Harned, co-chairman of the technology and web services committee of student government. “Our current e-mail is so simple because we don’t have the staff or money of Microsoft to develop and add complicated features.”
The University’s new e-mail system, provided by Microsoft, will have the following capabilities:
- Windows Live Messenger, letting students chat with other students and friends
- SharePoint document sharing
- Built-in calendar, letting students, faculty and staff schedule group meetings
- Smartphone syncing for e-mail, calendar and contacts
- Single sign-on that will make the system compatible with Blackboard, Sakai and ConnectCarolina
The change will be mandatory for students starting in August, with e-mail addresses being changed to the student’s Onyen followed by “@live.unc.edu.”
Microsoft, which is offering the service for free for promotional purposes, also supports the e-mail services at Ohio State University, UNC-Charlotte, Vanderbilt University and University of Washington, among several others.