05/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

No Gmail For Yale

A months-old proposal to change Yale University's mail server to Gmail has been shelved.

Michael Fischer, a Yale computer science professor, gave the Yale Daily News insight into why the project stalled.

Fischer said concerns about the switch to Gmail fell into three main categories: problems with "cloud computing" (the transfer of information between virtual servers on the Internet), technological risks and downsides, and ideological issues.

Others claimed the move lacked sufficient support and was planned too hastily.

Fast Company's Dan Nosowitz spoke out in defense of Gmail, and said that Yale is doing itself a disservice.

Google Apps for Education is a pretty impressive program, one that could be of great use to students and faculty alike. Certainly Horde isn't capable of real-time document editing like Google Docs, or smart rescheduling like Google Calendar--and by succumbing to panic due to (let's be honest) irrelevant controversies, Yale could be depriving themselves of some great software.

What do you think?