New program aims to add more space, improve functionality
This fall, CU will release its new e-mail program, CULink. This application will replace the current Webmail program and offer students and faculty more options in terms of e-mail space and convenience. The program, set to roll out Oct. 28, will offer students the most from their CU e-mail.
On Webmail, students only have 40 megabytes to store their e-mail. CULink will upgrade this to 200 megabytes. The faculty and staff server will also be upgraded to 200 megabytes.
“From the user’s point of view, the transition should be relatively easy,” said Greg Stauffer of ITC media relations. “The transition to CULink will happen over a number of phases. The migration of student e-mail accounts from mail will happen Oct. 28. The migration of faculty and staff e-mail accounts from Buffmail will happen Nov. 11.”
CULink will have many more features, be much more user friendly and will incorporate a more modern feel than the Webmail application. The program will have a contacts application similar to that in Microsoft Outlook, and students will be able to customize the theme of their own CULink client.
“The biggest advantage is that CULink will bring together both e-mail and calendaring in one application,” Stauffer said. “The functionality, look and feel of CULink will more closely resemble personal information managers like Microsoft Outlook than did CULink’s predecessors – Webmail and WebCal.”
The 200-megabyte mailbox quota is bigger than the old one, but it is still much smaller than the mailbox offered by free clients like Gmail and Yahoo.
Gmail, a free service, offers customers an inbox more than ten times that size. Many students are now forwarding their Colorado mail to the bigger providers, where they don’t have to worry about going over their mail quota.
Junior environmental physics major Nate De Vault said, “Gmail is by far an easier-to-use application that supports a larger inbox size, much larger than the Colorado inbox by orders of magnitude.”