Happy Birthday, M+Google!

posted Mar 5, 2013, 7:03 AM by Rita Girardi
March 5 marks the one-year anniversary of the official launch of the university's move to Google Apps for Education as a common collaboration platform. On that date, 113,293 faculty, staff, and students received M+Google accounts -- giving them access to 40+ tools including Mail, Calendar, Docs (now Drive), Sites, Blogger and many others. With over 200,000 accounts (and counting), M+Google has become an essential part of teaching and learning on all three campuses. The adoption of Google has helped reduce barriers to U-M's academic mission by allowing users to collaborate anytime, anyplace, and with anyone in the world having Internet access. 

The move to Google was the first major project implemented under NextGen Michigan, a multi-year strategy for changing U-M’s IT service approach and investing in technologies that will dramatically advance the university's academic, teaching, research, and clinical programs. As part of a wider effort to further expand collaborative work at the university, M+Google has been joined by the addition of new tools, such as M+Box, and has been integrated into existing services, like CTools. A Collaboration Forum -- open to all U-M faculty, students and staff -- offers further opportunities for sharing information and expertise.

Thanks to the Collaboration project team for all of their hard work over the past year; the MCommunity team, whose partnership made the migrations possible; and of course to the hundreds of student and staff Google Guides who helped steer us through many "Go-Live" dates. Here's to another great year!


M+Google by the Numbers:
  • M+Google Accounts: 204,550
  • Mail Accounts; 136,573
  • Total Mail Usage: 83,622 GB
  • Drive Collaborators: 83,664
  • Uploaded Drive Files: one million+
  • Active Mobile Devices: 11,938