Will my existing addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org remain valid as they are?
Yes, they will, though the mail boxes will merge into one. The address email@example.com will become primary in bMail. However, you may make firstname.lastname@example.org your default "From:" address.
Why do you call my address email@example.com primary (in previous answer)?
Because it will show up first if someone looks "John Doe" up in the bConnected directory. Keep in mind that bConnected is a suite of three Google Apps — bMail (email), bCal (calendar), and bDrive (cloud storage). While your subdomain address firstname.lastname@example.org can be used in email, it won't be visible in the calendar and cloud storage applications.
Can I change my email address assigned to me in bMail?
Not now. Please wait till migration is over.
I use "pine". Will it still work?
Yes, it will, but only after you set up a bConnected key and change the IMAP server in imap.google.com. This applies to "nail" and "mutt" as well.
Mail sent to my address email@example.com is forwarded to my personal address firstname.lastname@example.org. When I send mail from Gmail, it appears to come from email@example.com. Will this still work?
Yes, but you will have to re-establish the forwarding in your bMail account.
Can I forward mail sent to only one of my addresses, e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org and not email@example.com?
Yes and no. bMail forwarding setting is meant for sending all incoming messages to another account. However, you can also forward only some of your mail by creating a filter.
I am no longer with the department. My mail to firstname.lastname@example.org is forwarded to email@example.com. Will this move affect me and do I need to do something?
No. The address firstname.lastname@example.org is not associated with any account; it is merely a redirect and will stay in place after the move.