At the end of 2018, Microsoft officials said they were working on a Google G Suite to Office 365 "migration experience" that would be ready by Q2 2019. As of this week, those tools started rolling out, with full availability promised over "the coming weeks." "Perform a G Suite migration" notes that in order to perform a staged migration, users must have Office 365 Directory Synchronization (DirSync) set up or they will need to manually provision allof the MailUsers outside the migration process. There's an overview of the process using one of Microsoft's favorite fictitious companies, Fabrikam Inc. as part of the documentation. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) post about the migration tools, the Exchange Migration Team answers questions about commonly used terms, the migration process and more. There's also an introduction to Exchange Mailbox Replication Service (MRS), which handles mailbox import, export, migration and restoration for Exchange nad Office 365. Google already has an … [Read more...] about Microsoft starts rolling out Google G Suite to Office 365 migration tools
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Microsoft is putting together a tool that'll make it much easier for Google G Suite customers to migrate to Office 365. In an update to its Office 365 roadmap, Microsoft last week added "Google G Suite to Office 365 migration" to the list of features it has in development for the productivity suite (via ZDNet). Targeting a release for Q2 of 2019, the tool will allow any current G Suite customer to migrate all of their email, calendars, and contacts to Office 365, making it easier to manage the switch. From Microsoft's description: We've heard the feedback and we're excited to announce the new G Suite migration experience which will allow you to directly migrate email, calendar and contacts from Google G Suite to Office 365! Our highly secure solution ensures your data is directly migrated to Office 365, with no resting points along the way. We're also adding support for migrating mailbox in batches. G Suite is Microsoft's biggest competitor when it comes to commercial productivity … [Read more...] about Microsoft cooking up migration tool for moving from G Suite to Office 365
Microsoft added to its Office 365 roadmap last week mention of a coming Google G Suite to Office 365 "migration experience." The offering is in development and will be ready by Q2 calendar 2019, according to the roadmap.Here's the roadmap entry, in full:"We've heard the feedback and we're excited to announce the new G Suite migration experience which will allow you to directly migrate email, calendar and contacts from Google G Suite to Office 365! Our highly secure solution ensures your data is directly migrated to Office 365, with no resting points along the way. We're also adding support for migrating mailbox in batches."(Thanks to the Microsoft Office 365 Weekly blog and Tom Morgan on the thoughtstuff blog for the heads-up on the coming tools.)As Morgan noted, Google already has an Exchange migration tool. And while admins already can migrate IMAP mailboxes from G Suite using migration endpoints, but this option doesn't migrate contacts or calendar items in an automated way, Morgan … [Read more...] about Microsoft is working on a Google G Suite to Office 365 migration toolset
Microsoft may have just made Office 365 a more attractive option than it was previously thanks to Office 2019's higher prices. Microsoft rolled out its on-premise Office 2019 suite for Windows and Mac in September. But rather than highlight major new features included in a perpetual license for Office 2019, the company stressed it was inferior to Office 365 ProPlus, which in its view is "the most productive and most secure" with the "lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management". Office 2019, it said, was for customers who in 2018 "aren't ready for the cloud". The software merely contained a subset of features available in the subscription-based alternative. Microsoft obviously hasn't killed the perpetual license for Office, but its newly updated Office 2019 price list for home and small business users offers a good indication of what it wants customers to buy. As Computerworld's Greg Keizer reports, the cost of Office 2019 Home & Student remains the same as the … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Office 2019 price hike: Will it push you to Office 365?
Microsoft officials have repeatedly said they've been careful to take a largely hands-off approach in integrating Microsoft's LinkedIn unit with the rest of the company. To many of us on the outside, it feels as if both internal and external integrations have been very slow and minimal. But it turns out there is behind-the-scenes work happening to bring LinkedIn more deeply into the Microsoft fold.Microsoft this week published a Microsoft IT Showcase case study about how it is moving LinkedIn's 14,000 employees to Office 365. Caution is the watchword in that case study, entitled "Linking in LinkedIn: How Microsoft onboarded a social networking giant."Microsoft's Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) unit officials acknowledge the company "needed to rethink some of our previous integration approaches," when it came to LinkedIn, which Microsoft bought in 2016 for $26.2 billion. The goal was to "balance the autonomy of LinkedIn employees" with moving them off Google services and … [Read more...] about How Microsoft is moving LinkedIn’s 14,000 employees from Google services to Office 365