Welcome to uConnect
UConnect offers a unified communications and collaboration service to faculty and staff. Its features include:
- Shared calendars
- Voice options
- Electronic faxes
- Integration with existing services
- Access via smartphones and other mobile devices
- "Presence" (an indicator, often an icon, that shows a person is available)
- Consistent sign-on access for users
UConnect is based on a centrally maintained Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory service. UConnect's functions are grouped under the terms Active Directory, Exchange, Fax Integration, and Office Communication Server (soon to be Lync).Read more about them by clicking on the "Features and functions" tab at the top of this page.
Technologists, administrators and others who want a detailed look at the entire service, plus context and projected developments, should read the "uConnect Services Roadmap" (click here for a PDF of the draft version of the roadmap).
The service is available to faculty and staff (including student staffers) who work in participating departments. As of mid-2011, departments, units, colleges and divisions representing more than 7,000 faculty and employees use uConnect, and more are coming onboard. You become a uConnect customer when the group you work with (department, unit, college, division) signs up for the service. See a list of current and potential customers.
The monthly charge per mailbox is $2 per user, and includes 500 MB of mail storage. Additional storage is inexpensive: mail plus 2 GB of storage, for example, costs only $2.39 per month. Find the list of storage and cost options here.