FAU has partnered with Google to bring all FAU students – current as well as former – Google Apps for Education. FAU's implementation is Owl Apps!
Owl Apps is a collection of Web-based programs - Mail, Docs (document files, spreadsheets, presentations), Calendar, Talk, and Sites. You can give other Owl Apps users access to individual files if you wish - great for collaboration and group projects.
Power & Convenience
Owl Apps/Owl Mail gives you a full 25 GB of storage for your email, which is 1000 times the storage you had in MyFAU. Now, you no longer need to decide if you will delete a message or store it on your computer.
Innovative features to help you work more efficiently, including e-mail labels, e-mail conversations, and Google-powered search.
You can use Owl Apps from any computer, anywhere, to get e-mail, check your calendar, or collaborate on a document. All you need is an Internet connection and a Web browser.
Never lose data, even if your computer crashes or is lost or damaged. All your work is hosted at Google, and safely backed up on Google's secure servers instead of on your computer.
Working in a group for a class? Share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that multiple team members can view and edit all at the same time.
Coordinate meetings and events by sharing calendars with friends and classmates.
Send and receive instant chat messages right in your Owl Mail window.
Build team Web sites to quickly publish all sorts of shared information, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, files, videos, and gadgets.
The following video provides a quick overview of the features that will be available to you. Underneath this video, you will find more links to other videos that go more in detail over each of the applications.
On Sept 12 and after, go to MyFAU and click the Opt-In button. That willset up your Owl Apps account and will start the process of moving all your FAU mail to your Owl Apps account.
Access your account through My FAU Owl Apps channel.
That's all there is to it!
Switching from MyFAU email to Owl Apps has many benefits, such as: 25Gb email inboxes (1000 times the space of a MyFAU inbox), easy-to-use and feature-rich email and calendar system, collaboration services (such as Google Docs for file sharing, Google Talk for instant messaging, and Google Sites for web-based group collaboration), email for life (when you leave the university your email will remain active, strong protections for privacy and security, and great costs savings for the University
Everyone in the FAU community has access to FAU Owl Apps, but only students have Google/Owl Mail. Students now will keep their email when they leave the university, and alumni may also get an account.
No, students will retain their current email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) but we will forward all mail to the new Google account: email@example.com. Mail sent to either @fau.edu or to @my.fau.edu will go to the Google mailbox.
We are however taking advantage of this migration to revamp how FAUNet IDs are created in an effort to have more user-friendly usernames and avoid having to place meaningless numbers at the end of usernames to ensure uniqueness. New students who apply to FAU on or after January 5, 2012 will have a new FAUNet ID based on their first and last name and end with the year in which they were first admitted. So, Jane Doe who was admitted to the University in 2012 might have one of the following FAUNet IDs: jdoe2012 or janedoe2012 or doej2012.
All of your MyFAU e-mail will be forwarded to your new Owl Mail inbox so there will not be any mail there for you. Your calendars will all still be in MyFAU as we are not able to migrate calendars.
Gmail uses "labels" instead of folders, so folders are migrated and become labels. Because labels don't work exactly like folders, there are some changes you need to be aware of:
Labels can be no more than 225 characters. If you have a folder name longer than 225, the name will be truncated.
Labels don't "nest" so if you have nested folders (Classes folder, which has Class1 in it, and Class1 has a papers folder) they end up with labels that concatenate the folder structure: Classes/Class1/papers. That concatenated label is limited to 225 characters.
Apostrophes are not allowed in labels, so Week's work becomes Weeks work.
You access all the Owl Apps via the Google channel in MyFAU:
Yes. All messages in your mailbox, including those in your sent and other folders, will be migrated. Your MyFAU mailbox will have only one message in it, stating that your mail has been moved.
No. Because Owl Apps runs in a web browser, you just need to use a supported browser.
These days phishing scam e-mails are getting more sophisticated. Most claim to be from an official FAU source and ask you to e-mail or click a link to provide your information, including password — NEVER reply to or click a provided link if you receive such a message.