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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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In my earlier story on the business case for migrating from Google Apps to Office 365, I criticized both cloud products for their file storage tools: Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive Pro, respectively. Both need storage pooling and user quotas. But in the end, SkyDrive Pro is more disappointing.

The first thing to know about SkyDrive Pro is that it's not a professional version of the consumer SkyDrive offering, but a recasting of SharePoint MySites. Therefore it doesn't interoperate with the consumer version of SkyDrive, nor does it work with SkyDrive apps for iOS or Android, although there is Mac support. And if you have Windows Phone, you will have access to your SkyDrive Pro data. Check out Microsoft's "What's the difference between SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro?" for more.

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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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