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Buffalo State has moved to Gmail for students!

We are pleased to announce that Buffalo State has moved to Gmail for its new email platform for students. Your Student Gmail account will also give you access to a number of Google Apps services, including Google Docs and Google Calendar.  

Keep reading to learn about some of the key features and benefits of switching to the Google Apps platform, and how this transition will affect your email account. If you can't find your answers here, please visit our Student Gmail FAQ page.

What’s Google Apps?

Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on a computer that's connected to the Internet. 

Why did Buffalo State choose Google Apps?

We looked for an email and calendar solution that could provide us with the following benefits:

  • Lower infrastructure costs - all your email will be stored securely on Google's servers, so we'll no longer need to maintain email servers on-site
  • Innovative solutions - we can leverage the ongoing creative and technical solutions of the Google Apps platform to provide students with powerful, easy-to-use tools for getting their work done
  • Access to services from anywhere, anytime - a key benefit of the Google-hosted solution is that you can access email, contacts, and calendar from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world
  • More collaboration features - with Google's next-generation applications, you can collaborate with other students more easily and efficiently than ever before

What exactly does Google Apps include?

Your Student Gmail account will give you access to the following Google Apps services:

 

Gmail

Google Docs

Google Calendar

Google Sites


These apps are designed to allow students to work together and collaborate.

Features and benefits

Here are some of the key features and benefits we think you'll enjoy:
  • Lots of storage - you get a full 7+ GB of online storage for your email (much more than the 50 MB you have now), so you can archive all of your email online. You'll no longer need to worry about deleting messages or saving them in offline folders.
  • Enhanced message organization and retrieval - with Gmail, you'll spend less time managing folders and looking for messages. For example, you can add one or more tags, or "labels," to your messages to organize and store them more efficiently. And with the Google-powered search feature, you can find any message quickly and easily, whether it's in your Inbox or stored in your message archive.
  • Easier calendar sharing - Google Calendar lets you and your team members quickly and easily share your calendars with each other and specify the details you want to show. 
  • Real-time collaboration -- using Google Docs, you can create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and you and your team members can view and edit them at the same time. You can still use your Microsoft Office products as needed, but now you'll have more options for storing and collaborating on your documents.

Additional information regarding your account

Here are some important details regarding how the transition to Student Gmail will affect your account:

  • Email address - your email addresses will NOT change. It will remain username@mail.buffalostate.edu.
  • Access old mail - you can access your old Webmail account here. Your old account will be accessible for one full year through October 2012. Any messages stored in your old Webmail account prior to the cutover date will remain in your old account, and will NOT automatically be accessible from your Student Gmail account. When accessing your old account, you will only be able to read and forward messages, you won't be able to create new messages or reply to existing messages.
  • Import old mail - you will have the option of signing up to have your old mail transferred to Gmail. To learn more visit: http://www.buffalostate.edu/cts/movetogmail.xml. Please note: It will likely take several weeks after you submit your request for your old mail to be imported into your Gmail account. 
  • Contacts - we won’t be able to transfer your contacts from Webmail to Gmail, so you'll need to make note of your Webmail contacts and update them manually in Gmail.
  • Activating account - a new random password will be created for your Student Gmail account, and you’ll be able to retrieve this password from Banner. Detailed instructions will be provided to students shortly before the cutover date. Please note: changing your Student Gmail password will not affect your other accounts such as Banner and ANGEL.
  • Resetting password - if you forget your Student Gmail password, you'll be able to reset it from Banner.
  • ANGEL/NT (campus network) - unlike the current Webmail system, Student Gmail accounts will NOT be linked to a student’s ANGEL and NT (campus network) accounts. While students will use the same username to access all of these systems, it will be possible for students to maintain different passwords for these accounts. 

Comments and Questions

If you have questions that were not answered here, please visit our Student Gmail FAQ page. In addition, you can send your comments or questions concerning the transition to Google Apps to: GoogleApps@buffalostate.edu.