Last week, Microsoft made an addition to its Office 365 roadmap and mentioned an upcoming Google G Suite to its Office 365 ‘migration experience’ as one of the ten features being added. The status of this new addition is still under development and according to the roadmap will be ready by Q2 Calendar 2019. According to Microsoft’s TechNet Blog, Google G Suite to Office 365 migration is aimed at allowing for direct migration of contacts, email and calendar from Google G Suite to Office 365.
The roadmap entry regarding Google G Suite says,
“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.”
Currently, Google does have an Exchange migration tool through which admins can migrate IMAP mailboxes from G Suite via migration endpoints. However, Redmond at Petri notes that this option does not migrate calendar items or contacts in an automatic way. Microsoft will now migrate calendar and contact data by probably using Google’s REST-based APIs.
Discussion on why Microsoft has finally planned to work on these migration tools is underway. One reason could be the company’s need to maintain its growth through various different moves. Also, migration from Exchange-on premises installed base to Office 365 is ‘tailing off’. Microsoft wants complete charge of user data migration from G suite to Office 365 so that it can completely ensure its users that security is maintained at all points during data transfer.
What Microsoft really plans to do will only become clear once a preview by the software company is offered, a date for which has yet to be decided. For now, Greg Taylor has pointed out a possible release in the beginning of the next year.