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We are pleased to announce that Eastern Oregon University has chosen Google Apps for all employees and students email needs. We sincerely hope you enjoy your experience with Google Apps. It was a long and arduous process choosing the right email platform for our students, staff and faculty, and we hope you agree that we made the right choice.

This is a fantastic milestone in the way that EOU staff and faculty can communicate and collaborate not only with each other, but with the students. The possibilities are endless.
 

What is Google Apps?
Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on a computer that's connected to the Internet.  

Why did you choose Google Apps?
Based on recent EOU growth and cost trends, we looked for an email and calendar solution that could provide with us the following benefits:

  • Lower infrastructure costs -- All your email will be stored securely on Google's servers, so we'll no longer need to maintain email servers on-site
  • Ability to consolidate our platforms -- We can eliminate redundancy by moving all of our email and calendar platforms to Google Apps
  • Lower support costs -- Because Google hosts the email and calendar services, there's no more email client software to maintain on your computer
  • Innovative solutions -- We can leverage the ongoing creative and technical solutions of the Google Apps platform to provide employees with powerful, easy-to-use tools for getting their work done
  • Highly scalable environment -- With Google Apps, our email capacity will grow automatically as our needs grows, and we'll avoid the complexity of internal systems
  • Access to services from anywhere, anytime -- A key benefit of the Google-hosted solution is that we can access email, contacts, and calendar from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world
  • More collaboration features -- With Google's next-generation applications, we can collaborate with colleagues, customers, and partners more easily and efficiently than ever before
  • Instant messaging -- Because Google Apps includes Google Talk, we can now implement an instant messaging system for our organization

What exactly does Google Apps include?
Your new Google Apps account will include the following services:







  Google Mail
Google Calendar Google Talk Google Docs Google Sites Google Video

  • Lots of storage -- You get a full 7.5 GB+ of online storage for your email (staff/fac: much more than the 900MB you had with Groupware), so you can archive all of your email online. You'll no longer need to worry about deleting messages or saving them in offline folders.
  • Enhanced message organization and retrieval -- With Google Mail, you'll spend less time managing folders and searching for messages. For example, you can add one or more tags, or "labels," to your messages to organize and store them more efficiently. And with the Google-powered search feature, you can find any message quickly and easily, whether it's in your Inbox or stored in your message archive.
  • Easier calendar sharing -- Google Calendar lets you and your clas or team members quickly and easily share your calendars with each other and specify the details you want to show. Calendar sharing is a great way for you and your coworkers to keep each other informed about your schedules. Now it's easier than ever to find out if someone is in a meeting, on a business trip, or on vacation.
  • Integrated chat -- With the Google Talk instant messaging application, you can communicate instantly with your coworkers right from the Email interface. In addition, all your chats are automatically saved in your Email application, so you can always retrieve important information.
  • Real-time collaboration -- Using Google Docs, you can create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and you and your team members 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. 

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