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Boston goes Google as its drops Microsoft e-mail services

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The mayor who doesn’t do e-mail is now on Gmail.

Whether Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who doesn’t even have a computer on his desk, actually uses it is another matter. But he's moving to Google, and bringing some 20,000 other city employees with him.

Boston has dropped its longstanding e-mail system, Microsoft Exchange, for Google Apps, the search giant’s suite of software for businesses and government, following a growing number of big cities, federal agencies, and large companies that have made the switch.

Even though Menino has resisted writing — or even reading — e-mails, banned voicemail from City Hall until recently, and can’t find his way around an iPhone, he has certainly made technology a major focus of his administration.

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