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New Google Apps and Features Available

New Google applications and enhancements are being released on a continuing basis. Some Apps are vetted by the system-wide Google Steering Committee and turned on by our system administrators. Other features are released into our domain Google Updates schedule. Apps that are currently available in the University of Minnesota Domain include:

  • Alerts
  • Blogger
  • Bookmarks
  • Books
  • Calendar
  • Docs
  • Gmail
  • Labs
  • Maps
  • News
  • Reader
  • Sites
  • Tasks
  • Translate

Nearly all Active UMD Accounts are in Google Apps except Health Components and Alumni / Retirees [1]

As of August 30, 2011, nearly 15,000 UMD accounts are in Google Apps. Some incoming students, faculty and staff accounts will need to migrate during the last few days of summer and first few weeks of Fall Semester.

The following Units will be made eligible for opt in once a HIPAA-compliant solution is in place for them (estimated timeline is late September 2011):

  • Intercollegiate Athletics staff
  • Health Services
  • Human Resources
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Duluth School of Medicine
  • Duluth Pharmacy

[1] Alumni, Retired Staff, and those accounts subject to HIPAA-compliance issues will continue to have access to legacy UMD email until Google solutions are in place for them. A Google Apps domain for alumni and retired staff is in design and planned for a late Fall 2011 implementation - this is an estimated timeline and not yet firm.

Visit Google Apps for the University of Minnesota Duluth for more information or contact