Google just launched an new tool called “Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange” to migrate from Exchange server to Google Apps Premier Edition. The tool or app migrates Exchange mailboxes to the Google cloud called Premier Edition.
Unlike Google Mail and others, Premier Edition is a paid service.
Once migrated, you can access your data anywhere using any computer or smart phone.
You will need to do some work on the MX record to point the incoming mail to Google. Something relatively painless compared to convincing the users of the change.
I wrote about syncing your data without a computer before. After a particularly tragic loss of my Nokia E71, syncing to the cloud seems to be well really useful.
Your data is available where ever you go. That is provided Google does their data backup / replication diligently. Once you have a replacement device, all you have to sync to download all the contacts, calendar and you are back in business. Except for the photos and the SMSes. Need to figure out a fix for that.
I have tried the latest Mail For Exchange, version 3.0. Claims to be HTML compatible. Strange software. It works well for calendar and contacts but it sync peculiarly for mail. The folders in Google are downloaded but the mails are not. What gives?
Any way, back to version 2.09 or 2.9 for continuity of service and more head scratching for HTML mails and photo backup. Note Google mail app cannot write its status to the home page or scheduled sync.
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