Microsoft is going to add a migration experience around the Google G Suite to Office 365. The company mentions this in the roadmap of its popular product. The offer is still under development and, if everything goes according to plan, will be ready in the second quarter of calendar year 2019.

On the Microsoft site you can read the following about the G Suite migration:

We’ve heard the feedback and are excited to announce that the new G Suite migration experience will allow you to integrate your email, calendar and contacts directly from the G Suite to Office 365! Our highly secure solution ensures that your data is migrated directly to Office 365, without any detours. We also add support for migrating mailboxes in batches.

Google already had a similar Exchange migration tool. With that, it was able to snatch away a few customers from Microsoft. It had already built a tool for admins to migrate a mailbox from the G Suite, but not one that automatically migrates contacts or calendar items as well. With this tool, this is finally changing.

Competition with Google

On Petri.com, editor Tony Redmond wonders why Microsoft is coming up with the tools now. He speculates that this will happen because the number of on-premise installations of Office 365 is gradually decreasing and that Microsoft is looking for a way to maintain its growth. The switch, where Office was bought once, to a subscription service, was successful.

At the same time, the competition is fierce, partly because the Google G Suite is doing very well for startups and small businesses. G Suite’s prices are very flexible, whereas Microsoft’s prices are a bit more rigid. However, Office 365 is a success and this move will help the competition.

Whether there will be a preview of the migration tool is not known.

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