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ITS News: A Message from University at Albany President George M. Philip

Members of the Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce that following a broad-based and comprehensive evaluation by the Office of the CIO, the University has selected Microsoft's Live@edu service to provide email, calendar and collaboration services for the campus community. For the first time ever, students, faculty and staff will be able to share information using a common platform.

This is an important initiative for the University. Our planning documents and budget committees have continuously recommended re-examining services in order to eliminate duplication and streamline processes. Live@edu will provide numerous new features, including more online space, while reducing institutional costs and complexity. This project is exemplary in its effective use of resources in support of our core mission.

The extensive evaluation, led by Dr. Meg Fryling, included over 25 meetings to collect stakeholder input, pilot testing with more than 125 participants, several Town Hall updates and countless other meetings. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of this effort thus far, and my congratulations to Meg and her team for a job well done.

As the focus of this project shifts to implementation, the Office of the CIO will continue to share information and invite your participation. One of the primary avenues for this will be the ITS Messaging and Collaboration Services wiki. The wiki catalogs the work that has already been done, and will be the central repository for more details as they unfold.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making the transition to Live@edu a success and a model for future initiatives.

Sincerely yours,

George M. Philip
President

Visit our [Email, Calendaring, and Collaboration Implementation Project page] for FAQs, project information, status and updates.