In 2010, DoIT began moving users from UMBC hosted email to UMBC Gmail, with new UMBC accounts being created with Gmail. Faculty and staff are not required to migrate but the option is always available. Benefits of switching include a much improved email system with more robust spam filtering as well as increased service reliability due to Google's dedicated staff monitoring the service.
Before migrating, there are a few things you can do prior to migrating to make things easier on you. Clean up your existing mail by deleting old mail and folders. After that, move any Local Mail Folders on your computer's hard drive to your existing UMBC mail account before your migrate. Copying these local messages up to your existing UMBC mail account will make them available to our migration tools when you choose to opt in and they will be moved to your Google@UMBC account for you.