Students requested a more robust and mobile email service...
A 2011 student survey about information technology revealed that students wanted a more flexible, mobile service, with additional options than what was offered by the York-supported MyMail e-mail service. In selecting Google, a pan-University committee examined and evaluated alternative service providers and conducted several consultations with students. Google's services emerged as the best fit to enhance the experience for YorkU's students.
- Lots of storage
You have unlimited online storage for your email and files. You'll no longer need to worry about deleting messages or files to free up space.
- Enhanced message organisation and retrieval
With Google Apps at York, you'll spend less time managing folders and looking for messages. For example, you can add one or more tags, or "labels," to your messages to organise and store them more efficiently. And with the Google-powered search feature, you can find messages quickly and easily.
- Calendar and Calendar sharing
Google Calendar lets you and your peers quickly and easily share your calendars with each other and specify the details you want to show.
- Integrated Chat
With the Google Handouts instant messaging application, you can instantly communicate with your peers right from the Email interface. In addition, all of your chats are automatically saved in your Email application, so you can always find them.
- File storage and sharing
With Google Drive, you can store just about any type of file, open them right in your web browser, and share them with others. No more email attachments...just send a link.
- Real-time collaboration
Using Google Docs, you can create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, where you and your peers can view and edit them at the same time. You can still use your Microsoft Office products as needed, but now you'll have more options for storing and collaborating on your documents.
Google Apps for Education will enable you to find new ways to communicate and collaborate, and you'll be able to take advantage of new releases and functionality as quickly as they become available.