With the introduction, years ago, of web-based e-mail that has a large amount of storage, and a variety of customizable features, the need for computer based e-mail programs is becoming obsolete. That said the University of Wyoming still supports a computer based e-mail program with internet access. This option is preferred by most university’s and businesses because of the security features and the on-site management, but it also has some major drawbacks.
With all of the positive features to this e-mail service what are the drawbacks? The answer is storage. A computer based e-mail service requires everything to be on a local storage system or servers. This creates a limited amount of storage per person. UW only offers 500mb of storage to Gmail’s 7,530mb. It’s no wonder why some students and employee’s are redirecting.
If you would like to redirect your UW email there are step-by-step instructions posted on Ask-IT. You will need to create the rule from the installed Microsoft Outlook program as the Exchange web access doesn’t support rule creation.
A word of warning; by redirecting your UW email certain aspects of the original email will not be preserved. One example is the “reply to all” feature. Users that are copied, blind-copied or included in the “to” command originally on the email will not be included on the redirected email.
As you can see there are pro’s and con’s to redirecting your university email. So think long and hard if redirecting is the right option for you. If it is, head over to the Ask It How To web page for instructions on setting it up.