"The Internet giant released a tool to help Microsoft Exchange
customers move their e-mail, calendar and contact data to Google
Apps, the company's latest assault on Microsoft in a brewing
collaboration software war. The tool works with Exchange 2003 and
2007 for both on-premise and hosted versions. By offering a
migration tool, Google appears to be courting more Exchange users
in an effort to move them to the Google Apps cloud.
"Google is ratcheting up its efforts to woo Microsoft customers
with what it says is a simple, four-step migration process to its
cloud-based suite of applications.
"The search giant's Google Apps Migration for Microsoft
Exchange, launched Wednesday, is a server-side tool designed to
migrate a company's e-mail, calendar and contact data from
Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) popular e-mail server to Google Apps
without making the process a time-intensive chore for
administrators. In a presentation on Tuesday, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)
showed just four screens an IT administrator must complete to
perform a migration, and pointed to businesses that used the tool
successfully to leave Exchange."
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