Important Changes to UW Email Services

Received from UW Information Technology: 

Students will need to move from UW-hosted email to email services hosted elsewhere (e.g., to UW Windows Live or UW Google Apps).  UW Information Technology (UW-IT) has successfully offered these vendor-hosted services to students since September 2009, and no longer has the resources to run and maintain email servers for students, and the Student Technology Fee Committee is no longer funding this hardware.

Details:

Effective July 1, 2010: New UW Email (deskmail) accounts are no longer being activated for UW students who have only a student affiliation with the UW. Any new or prospective student setting up their email services on the Manage UW NetID page does not see “UW Email Inbox” as an option to select as of July 1, 2010. And if a current UW student has not activated a UW NetID Email Inbox before July 1, 2010, they no longer see that option either.

By June 30, 2011: All UW students will use UW-affiliated cloud services or a third-party vendor of their choice for email.

  • UW Students using UW Email (deskmail) will be asked to sign up for either UW Windows Live or UW Google Apps for email, or forward their email to the email service of their choice by using the “Change UW Email Forwarding” link on the Manage UW NetID page.
  • UW Student With Other UW Affiliations: Students who also have other UW affiliations (including student staff), will continue to be eligible for the UW Email service through their other UW affiliations. The student can decide whether to move their email to another service or to continue using UW Email. [NOTE: If the student loses their staff affiliation, their UW Email service will expire. They will then need to move their email to UW Windows Live or UW Google Apps, or forward their email to the email service of their choice by using the “Change UW Email Forwarding” link on the Manage UW NetID page.]

Please note that students need not wait to sign up with for UW Windows Live or UW Google Apps for email, or to forward their UW Email to the vendor of their choice. See “Moving Off UW Email” at:
https://www.washington.edu/itconnect/email/student_decom.html for details on choices as well as instructions and FAQs.

This effort affects students using UW Email Services (such as Web Alpine, which is the replacement for WebPine that is being turned off July 28, 2010) or any other email program connecting to the UW Email (deskmail) servers. Furthermore, students will no longer have access to additional tools to filter email messages, such as the Email Delivery Manager (EDM), after June 30, 2011.