Google Mail contract with University still not finalized

The University has not signed its contract with Google despite announcing the switch from Colonial Mail to Google Mail two months ago.

After three years of considering a switch to a third-party client, the University said in April that it expected to sign a contract with Google that month. Rachel Blevins, a media relations specialist for GW’s information systems and services communications, refused to answer questions about the stalled negotiations.

“As we said before, the contract has not been signed yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it is,” Blevins wrote in an e-mail. “We don’t have any other information to share at this point.”

The University also declined to say whether the new mail system would be available for students in the fall, as administrators had originally announced.

The switch would expand memory quotas by about 300 times more than the current capacity—from 20 megabytes to six gigabytes. Gmail features such as chat and calendar would also be available.

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