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Ohio State to launch redesigned university email system

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OSU Webmail Services plans to update its design Sept. 3 to better align with university-branding standards. Credit: Courtesy of OSU

OSU Webmail Services plans to update its design Sept. 3 to better align with university-branding standards.
Credit: Screenshot of OSU website

Ohio State students, staff and faculty logging into their OSU email accounts will soon see a more mobile-friendly layout.

OSU Webmail Services plans to update its design next week to better align with university-branding standards. The changes will be strictly cosmetic for the email services, with a resized layout and new logo, said Brant Thomas, associate director of enterprise messaging in the Chief Information Officer.

“The changes to the page are being made to make the design more responsive so that it is easier to use on mobile devices,” OCIO spokeswoman Katharine Keune said.

Similar changes to improve and simplify OSU webpages were made with the directory, Find People, and BuckeyeLink in the past year.

The branding changes won’t cost anything and page access and functionality won’t be affected during the change, Keune said.

Some students said they appreciate changes that allow for easier access to OSU technology, particularly through mobile devices.

Kaif Sajid, a fifth-year in economics, uses his phone to check and respond to most emails, but he said it’s difficult to browse longer emails on the current mobile format.

“Anything that simplifies the process is always welcomed, as long as (OSU) delivers on that and keeps any issues or problems at a minimum,” Sajid said.

Karlyn McCartney, a third-year in international studies, said she hopes the change isn’t too drastic.

“I think (the current system) is already easy to work with, so it will be interesting to see how much simpler they plan to make it,” McCartney said.

Thomas said the office does not want the OSU community to be alarmed at the change in appearance, as the way people check their email will be exactly the same.

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