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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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Pricing the two offerings out can get complicated but the bottom line is Office 365 is more expensive, once you get past the least-expensive packages.

Late last year, Google dropped the free option for Google Apps, grandfathering in existing free customers. There are several other packages, but for business the price is basically $5 per user per month or $50 per user for a year.

There are multiple prices for Office 365, for small, medium and large businesses. There is also a Home Premium edition that costs $100 a year and supports up to five PCs or Macs. I opted for a business package because I wanted features such as SharePoint. Although I don't intend to hold on to it long term, I migrated to an evaluation copy of Office 365 Small Business Premium, which costs $15 per user per month or $150 for a year.

What justifies three times the price? A lot of management features, and a subscription for all your users to the latest full edition of Office desktop. Eventually, I'll probably end up with the non-Premium Office 365 Small Business, which costs a more-reasonable $6 per user per month or $60 per user for a year.

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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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