EMAIL, CALENDARS, & COLLABORATION
As of March 2014, there are many possibilities for email, calendaring, and collaboration tools (such as web-based documents, instant messaging, online storage, etc). All of these are "free" to faculty, staff, and students. Access to particular email services may be dependent upon departmental decisions and in general there is only one email service per person.
EMAIL, CALENDAR, COLLABORATION:
Davismail: Already used by all students at UC Davis, this is UCD-branded Gmail. Currently supporting 25 GB of email, the snazzy Gmail web interface, and interesting label and search method of organizing emails. For access, contact your IT folks and they'll discuss creating an account, migrating mail, and forwarding your campus email address to the new service. This service offers calendaring, storage, photos, document creation and sharing and pretty much everything Google has to offer.
Office 365, a cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service with an updated web interface. Currently supporting 50 GB of email. Used by all campus central administrative units and many academic staff units. Allows access to Lync instant messaging, a chat client for uConnect/Office365 users. For access, contact your IT folks and they'll discuss creating an account, migrating mail, and forwarding your campus email address to the new service. This service offers calendaring, storage, photos, document creation and sharing, project management, etc.
Note: All above services support all IMAP clients: Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Pine, etc. It is recommended that if you are using Outlook with the Office 365 service that you should use the Exchange protocol rather than IMAP.
Note: If you are a Windows or Mac user, one advantage of Office 365 is that the Outlook client integrates email as well as calendar services.
Note: Calendar sharing between the two services is...strained. Please contact email@example.com for assistance in viewing or sharing calendars across the two services.
The venerable departmental mail server, holding the @physics.ucdavis.edu email domain. New faculty will have firstname.lastname@example.org forwarded to the email service of their choice (not Solid). Current faculty and a few staff and researchers hold proper accounts on Solid and we'll keep it running as long as there's interest.
You can answer many of your email related questions yourself with a knowledgebase article from this site or from campus, depending on the email service you're using. How to configure your clients, how long email lasts, how to reset passwords, etc.
Campus has contracts with Box, Google, and Microsoft for online storage and file sharing. As of 2017, all services allow for unlimited space. Using a sync client allows you to synchronize a portion of your cloud storage with one or more devices. All three have online document editing, sharing, and permissions control.
For more information on cloud storage services at UC Davis:
Do peruse the Data Sensitivity Guide to determine what types of data can be stored on which services.