University of Cambridge to Switch Off Historic Email System

The Register on Cambridge University’s decision to shut down their legendary email server and replace it with Microsoft Office 365:

This is Cambridge University, though, in Silicon Fen, where there has been a department of computer science since 1937 (when it was called the Mathematical Laboratory), home of computing pioneer Alan Turing, home of one of the world’s earliest digital computers (EDSAC in 1949). It saw email evolve from a system called Phoenix in the early days to Hermes running on a Unix-based system from 1994.

It’s sad that the inevitable commoditisation of Internet services has to lead to this cost cutting exercise – a true piece of Internet history will be switched off. The trend towards centralisation of the Internet continues…

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