- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 02:00
UCT students received new mailboxes last week, as the university begins to migrate from Novell’s Groupwise client.
The new client is based on a Microsoft Live@Edu platform which offers improved features such as a 10GB mailbox (200 times larger than the current student mailbox), better integration with mobile devices, 25GB storage, and free use of the online Word and Excel applications.
An instant messenger service is also part of the package, with features that include group chat.
In addition, these new email addresses are for life, meaning students will not lose their email address once they graduate. This is a cloud-based system, so services are not hosted locally.
Staff, Masters and Doctoral students will retain their email addresses and will only migrate to the new system next year.
UCT began investigating alternatives to Groupwise last year, after concerns about its stability and sustainability emerged.
While more than 1 000 students accessed their new mailboxes on the first day, a large number are still unaware of the new system. However, students who have accessed MyUCT are impressed with the features. Yevashan Perumal, a fourth-year B.BusSci student, was pleased with the 25GB online storage, and stated that the “change was long overdue”.