Information Technology Services will run student e-mail through Google starting in September.
Provost Peter Salovey has approved the proposal that ITS submitted last winter to run email through Google Apps for Education, a software suite that includes Google Mail, Calendar, Docs, Talk and Sites applications. Chuck Powell, associate chief information officer for ITS, said ITS hopes to begin migrating students from the current email service, Horde, to the Google platform Sept. 15, and faculty and staff will follow.
“We’re going to give you a brand new shiny Yale Gmail account,” Powell said.
He added that while ITS considered outsourcing email through another provider, 56 percent of students already forward mail to a Gmail account.
Feature updates of Google Apps, such as additional translation options, will come to Yale email as Google releases them, Powell said.