News of a GW switch to Google Mail is welcome news for students forced to deal with the miniscule storage space of 20 megabytes on the current Colonial Mail system. Gmail has over 6,000 megabytes of storage space available and other appreciated functions like search tools and chat and calendar options. With more and more classes going online, whether through Blackboard or direct e-mail communications, it is vital for students to have faith and satisfaction in their technology systems.
Although the idea for transitioning to a new e-mail provider, be it either Gmail or Microsoft Windows Live, has been debated for almost three years, it appears the administration and Student Association leaders have come to a reasonable solution to this major complaint from students. In light of other ongoing student life complaints (dining or advising for example), this is a simple step in the right direction for both students and administrators.
While most students and faculty have already made the switch to Gmail or another provider on their own accord, this move by the administration will hopefully be representative of a trend towards appeasing student life concerns in the future.