Just Doesn’t seem Right

Today, September 28, 2009, the University of Washington activated Google Apps with Gmail for their students and laid the groundwork for a allowing faculty and staff the same service. This is not an unusual service offering for Universities, but for the University of Washington it is very significant, at least it is for all of us old UNIX users who cut their teeth on PINE which was written at UW in 1989. It looks like budget cuts are to blame for UW transitioning away from support for home grown apps like PINE. Maybe it was way overdue, but I did always admire UW’s commitment to maintaining and using their various open source contributions.

Now the bigger story could have been that UW, in Microsoft’s backyard, chose to go with Google, however, they handled that issue by offering both Microsoft Live along with Google.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on September 29, 2009, in Cloud and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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