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Google Apps To Microsoft Office 365: 10 Lessons

Switching from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365, you will find good and bad surprises. But overall, Microsoft's Web apps make the migration worthwhile.
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Many people love Gmail and many hate Outlook. Not me. I'm okay with Gmail, but it's not as powerful and usable as either the Outlook desktop or Web app. This is the main impression I've had in the wake of the migration: I'm very happy to be using Outlook again.

In the process, I got an unexpected bonus, although in hindsight I should have expected it: Outlook is an excellent RSS reader. It treats the feeds just like regular folders and you can read articles that come in just as you read email. They show up in unread messages and you can easily forward them as email, editing and annotating them. And by putting the feeds in the Exchange account, you keep your reading up-to-date even if you read from multiple devices. Now that I've migrated, the fact that Google is dumping Google Reader is no skin off my nose.

A couple of years from now I might tire of the problems I'll inevitably encounter with Office 365, but I expect Microsoft to pay more attention to them than Google does to Apps. Microsoft just seems hungrier and more committed to its products, which is why they look great and Google's look kind of old, plain and tired. For now, it's a good feeling.

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5/17/2013 | 5:10:12 AM
re: Google Apps To Microsoft Office 365: 10 Lessons
Hi Larry,
Great article and thanks for sharing your experience. I too ran into the same problem that you did early on in my learning of how to migrate users to Office 365. Namely the issue where your email address is in use as both a Windows account and as an Office365 email address. Before setting up my own Office365 subscription, I had my custom Domain hosted at a major ISP. My email address had been in use for years and I intended to keep using it once I migrated my custom Domain to Office365. I also happened to have had a Microsoft account that was setup using this same email address. This presented the problem you highlighted because Office365 setup using my custom Domain created a new O365 account with that same email address as well. The Office 365 account is completely different from the Microsoft account and will cause confusion to many users who are unaware of this distinction and its impact on working with the two Microsoft signons for their online services.
Microsoft needs to somehow address this issue because I'll bet it comes up often.
Other than that, I am glad you like Office 365. It has turned out to be one of the best products that Microsoft has created and it is only getting better.
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