Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Campus community's input sought on collaborative tools from Google, Microsoft

The U-M community is being urged to help the university decide between Google and Microsoft for new campuswide online collaborative tools.


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Click here for more details or to register for one of the sessions with Google and Microsoft.
• Learn more about the future of IT at U-M at the NextGen Michigan website.

Representatives from both vendors will be on campus during the next two weeks to demonstrate the alternatives and enhancements they can offer to U-M’s currently available collaborative tools, including e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, content sharing, instant messaging, collaborative editing, and discussion forums.

Currently, U-M students, staff, and faculty currently use more than 40 different e-mail and calendaring systems. This limits effective and efficient collaboration on campus and beyond.

The Unit IT Steering Committee was established earlier this year as part of a new university IT governance structure to help evaluate campuswide IT priorities.  The committee’s goal is to provide the university with a new generation of shared collaborative tools that will better serve learning, teaching, and scholarly activities.