One of the common obstacles–although not a significant one–that some school districts have shared in moving to cloud computing, especially GoogleApps for Education for email, calendars, and a rich variety of other tools useful for students, teachers, and administrators is that of switching systems. After all, if you’ve built your house of cards in MS Exchange, it’s hard to imagine making the transition. Anything Google can do to make the transition easier is important. One day, you can hope for 1-click transition from MS Exchange to GoogleApps for Education.

Recently, Google came a lot closer to achieving that with this announcement:

Businesses and schools are moving to Google Apps in droves, and they’re able to switch more seamlessly with the help of tools to move old email, contacts and calendar data from legacy solutions to Google’s cloud. We have administrator-managed migration utilities for Microsoft® Exchange and Lotus Notes®, and today we’re making it a lot easier for many end-users to move their old data themselves if their administrators aren’t planning server-side data migrations.

Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook® is a new end-user tool that moves email, calendar and contact data from Outlook® profiles, PST files and Exchange accounts to Google Apps. . .Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook® works with Microsoft Outlook® 2003 and 2007, on-premise and hosted Exchange, as well as legacy PST files saved on users’ machines, and it’s available at no additional cost to Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers.

When will YOUR district make the switch to “free” solution and re-invest precious dollars back into teaching and learning rather than maintaining a server farm, district technical staff that support it?

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