Microsoft Exchange vs. Google for the New Campus E-Mail System

Now that the Presidential Search is finally over, TDR has been hearing whispers-a-plenty about the search for a new e-mail system to replace BlitzMail. Although the survey distributed via Blitz offered a variety of options for students to choose from, it turns out the only two options that have ever been seriously considered are Microsoft Exchange and Google. Neither the two choices nor the administration’s ignoring student input should come as a surprises. Microsoft has been reportedly wining and dining (literally) Ellen Waite-Franzen, Dartmouth’s CIO, and the IT department is leaning heavily in Microsoft’s direction. However, far more students are familiar with Google’s solutions (such as GMail, Google Documents, Google Calendar). It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes.