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September 4, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU is switching to a new e-mail system – and holding two contests this fall to come up with a unique name and logo for it. Anyone with an SFU computing ID is eligible to participate and win one of two iPod Touch portable media players from the SFU MicroComputer Store.

The e-mail suite, which will replace the university’s antiquated SFUWebmail system in stages over the next 12-16 months, is based on a commercially supported version of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite.

The new system includes a vastly improved web interface and a much richer user experience through a variety of integrated features, as well as more advanced underlying technology and a robust server infrastructure.

Currently, students can opt-in to the new system through www.sfu.ca/newemail/join. Faculty and staff wishing to switch over should speak with their computer-support technician.

"People ask, ‘Why don’t we just call it SFU E-mail or SFU Webmail?’" says Anita Slabikowska, user experience coordinator for the e-mail replacement project, which is managed by SFU’s IT Services team.

"The most obvious reason is that the software is actually a collaboration suite, containing more than just e-mail. The new system includes e-mail, calendaring, an address book, tasks and shared documents and ‘zimlets’, which are mash-ups that allow for extra functionality within the web-based interface."

The naming contest is open now until midnight, Sept. 30, 2008. To enter visit www.sfu.ca/newemail.

The logo contest will take place after a name has been chosen, from Oct 15, 2008 until Nov. 31, 2008. The logo will be used in the web client, on the log-in page, the web page and on some printed documentation.

Winners for both contests will be notified by e-mail and all submissions will become the property of Simon Fraser University. To learn more about the contest, visit www.sfu.ca/newemail/contest. To find out more about the new e-mail system, check out www.sfu.ca/newemail.
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