“(IMAP) syncs with all the devices, it's better... you don't have to worry about where your mail is,” said Dave Duckett, an alumnus and employee of 4Help, Tech's customer support center.
“It'll be a lot cleaner for sure,” Duckett said, adding that the extra space was also a nice perk.
Kimberley Homer, who works with Tech's quality assurance and verification team, said the additional apps Google provides, like sharing and editing documents together on Docs, have an added benefit.
“I think it will be easier for faculty to collaborate with students,” Homer said.
Not all students, however, have had a seamless conversion to Google Apps.
“The actual process of registering was a complicating time,” said Megan Watson, a freshman English major. “While the actual program is easier to use, signing up was not.”
Many complications from signing up come from attempts to forward email to outside clients, such as Apple's Mail program or Microsoft's Outlook, all of which have different procedures.
Davis has anticipated that some students may be apprehensive.
“If you haven't done this yet, it's something to think about,” Davis said with regards to the forced migration.
“We want to try to make this as painless as possible,” Davis said to the crowd at the town hall meeting, “If we can make you happy we will.”
One concern Davis has heard from students regards issues of privacy on Google. Tech negotiated a contract with Google that includes a long section ensuring the protection and privacy of student information in accordance with federal laws. Tech retains rights to all private information of students and staff, meaning it's not available to Google for advertisements.
“Google is acting as a school official in terms of federal laws,” Davis said.
The final date before forced migration has not yet been announced. Technology officials hope to have everyone moved by mid to late October, however the specific date is flexible based on the how many people continue to transfer accounts on their own.
VT Exchange, the priority mail server reserved for faculty and staff, will remain independent of Google and not affected by the transition.
A video recording of the town-hall meeting should be available on www.going.google.vt.edu early next week. The website also has answers to frequently asked questions.