There was a time when Google’s G Suite appeared to threaten Microsoft’s Office dominance, but those days are long over, with Microsofts Office 365 adoption well outpacing that of Google’s G Suite.
Now Microsoft is getting ready to turn the screws on even further, but releasing a G Suite to Office 365 Migration tool, which would make it easier for companies to come back to Microsoft’s warm embrace.
Microsoft already offers a tool to migrate mailboxes from G Suite to Exchange, but that uses MAPI and does not bring over calendar and contacts.
According to Greg Taylor, Director of Exchange Marketing at Microsoft the new tool would also be more secure:
“The primary reason we’re doing this is to improve the end to end security of customer data. We want to make sure the customer’s data itself is secured as it moves, that it doesn’t make an unexpected staging stop along the way, and the authentication used to get to it is strong and trustworthy.”
The new migration tool is expected to move email, calendar and contacts, possibly using Google’s own REST API, and is expected to hit the market sometime in Q2 2019, according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.