Collaborative Tools

Email at MSU

Michigan State University supports and runs two email systems used for official university communications. Email addresses in both systems are (e.g., where “sparty” is the MSU NetID).

After entering a NetID on the main MSU email page, individuals are directed to the correct email system based on their role. Additionally, all individuals at MSU can access the collaborative tools associated with Spartan 365, including Office Pro Plus downloads.


MSU IT offers subscription mailing lists that the MSU community can set up through its MSU Listserv system.

Email listservs are available for subscription on a variety of MSU interests and topics. Individuals or groups may also use listservs to build and manage group email communications.

MSU IT manages the listserv service, but doesn’t own individual lists that are created. Email lists comply with the Appropriate Use of MSU Email Services.

File Transfer

MSU FileDepot allows users to share large files up to 900MB with recipients inside or outside Michigan State University. Files are automatically deleted 14 days after they are uploaded.

FileDepot Internal offers additional features from FileDepot in order to address institutional data requirements.

FileDepot can be used to help get around email attachment size limits.

MSU Google G Suite for Education

MSU IT offers the MSU community Google for Education to use for research, teaching, and collaborative projects. The enabled apps in the MSU Education Edition include Google Drive with unlimited storage, Google Sites, Google Classroom, and Google Calendar.

MSU Google Apps are integrated with MSU NetIDs and passwords and offer increased securities and protections not found in the public version of these applications.

MSU Code Repository

The MSU Code Repository uses the open source Git distributed version control system with the GitLab management application. Source code added to the repository will be private by default with options for sharing with both MSU and non-MSU users.

The repository uses the open source Git-distributed version control system with the GitLab management application, and it’s not just for storing code.

Documents, blogs, research papers, and other text-based works can use the platform for version control, sharing, and collaboration.