Google launches universal email migration API

Google launches universal email migration API

Summary: A few weeks ago Google announced IMAP support, allowing adminstrators to move external email system to Google Apps, and today extended the invitation to any email system with the Google Apps Email Migration API, which is based on Gdata. Third parties are using the API to build migration tools, such as LimitNone's gMOVE for moving Outlook email, contacts and calendars to Google Apps, according to a post on Google's Enterprise blog.

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A few weeks ago Google announced IMAP support, allowing adminstrators to move external email system to Google Apps, and today extended the invitation to any email system with the Google Apps Email Migration API, which is based on Gdata. Third parties are using the API to build migration tools, such as LimitNone's gMOVE for moving Outlook email, contacts and calendars to Google Apps, according to a post on Google's Enterprise blog.

Google is getting serious about going beyond search appliances for enterprises, with the improvements to gMail, including a 99.9-percent guaranteed uptime, support for mixed messaging environments and policy-based management, security and compliance via its Postini acquisition.

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  • I don't get it...

    ...somebody help me understand...
    Just don't see it yet. Is this a 'good thing'?
    D T Schmitz
    • I think it just makes it easy for people to transition to GMail. You could

      make a migration tool that would migrate to gmail from about anything. Anything to remove the friction of moving to gmail will help.
      DonnieBoy
  • good thing?

    Migration tools are good things....in this case good for google given that the barrier to porting is lower....more openness is good. But, don't expect legions of enterprise to migrate any time soon.
    dbfarber
    • Sure, this will not convince anybody that cloud email is safe, but, it will

      remove the friction for those that are ready.
      DonnieBoy
    • Llegions of enterprise to migrate any time soon?

      Maybe but then...

      When the next IT downturn happens and a big user (e.g., P&G) gives permission to conduct a trial at one obscure subsidiary off in Podunk and google pours many resources into it to make it a glowing success. Then someone at P&G HQ notices that and it migrates to yet a bigger sub....

      The point is that these things happen gradually and then corporate America wakes up and asks why it has been pillaged, robbed and systematically confused to distraction by grotesquely opaque nonsense for decades.

      The tipping point happens and everyone somehow thinks it is absurd and foolish to pay a $250 quadrennial BloatTax to the Redmond Bloatfarm for something that should be easy and enjoyable to use, not foolishly complicated and complex. (Why am I spending so much money of buggy whips when I have a horseless carriage...?)

      The BloatFarm has long acted as if there was magic in the provision of IT services and it, alone, controlls the priesthood of some obscure religion at which all must daily worship. Now come some apostates....

      Computers can be easy, fun and enjoyable if the Redmond obscurantism is expunged. It is simply that the BloatFarm has had an monopolistic economic interest in keeping it complex, confusing and obscure.

      It will not happen in a flash but let the IT Manager at that obscure P&G location succeed and...

      You get the idea.

      It cannot come quickly enough. If you doubt it, read some of the posts re: Vista.

      We will probably all look back at the Vista "launch" and realize it was the high water mark for BloatFarm obscurantism, the place where consumers and corporate America (and China and Russia, etc.) said Enough!

      The BloatFarm will likely not survive because it is so habituated to producing Bloatcomplexity and Bloatobscurity that it is incapable of changing. All of its human capital is bound up in producing obscurantism and complexity and confusion.

      Many will cheer its demise.
      Jeremy W
  • Who wrote the song 20 ways to leave your lover??? This is just google

    giving you more ways to dump your old email system eating up dollars and management time.

    Just slip out the back, jack,
    Make a new plan, Stan,
    . . . .
    DonnieBoy
  • Google

    I do not see how this is going to help
    cynthia.joffrion
    • It just takes some of the friction out of switching to gmail.

      Just get yourself free, Lee
      Just slip out the back, Jack
      Make a new plan, Stan
      . . . . .
      DonnieBoy
  • Cuts the ground out from underneath the Bloatfarm

    This makes it easier for everyone to migrate away from the Redmomd Bloatfarm.

    You get to take your email away from the Redmond Bloatmeisters. Better still, you do not need to use Redmond Bloatware in the first place. You pay no upfront Redmomd BloatTax to the BloatFarm. Also, you do not need to use BloatWord, BloatExcel or BloatPoint.

    This cuts at the heart of one of the prime Redmond BloatFarm revenue sources: the quadrennial "upgrade" from BloatOutlook to Son of BloatOutlook; likewise with BloatWord, BloatExcel, etc.

    Instead of paying $250-400 quadrennially, you get it for almost free.

    Moreover, the transition cost is probably almost nothing. You run you calendar, contacts and email through the Googelizer and bye-bye Redmond Bloatfarm!

    Of course it will not happen immediately but over time most people (excepting the GreedBloatM$Meisters at the Redmond BloatFarm) understand the meaning of free or cheaper.

    Also likely is that it will be easy and work, two words that one cannot associate with the Redmond Bloatfarm where flexible (another word for complicated and you'll need a raft of IT support that only we at the Redmond Bloatfarm can provide or support) and enriched (we figured out 87 complicated ways ways to do a simple task so we can confuse you with our Bloatbrainpower but if we really thought about it, we could have focussed on the 3-5 best ways but then we could not Bloatconfuse you and could not write all those useless, opaque "Bloaterror messages" and thus you woul not need us for Bloatsupport services...).

    All computer users (except those in BloatRedmond, WA) will cheer google on as it drains the profit from the BloatSwamp.

    It cannot come quickly enough!
    Jeremy W
    • Exec Communication

      You must be an exec with a P&G sub in Podunk. I would love to see the government have a look at companies' emails. The first warrant issued for emails contained on Google's servers will be memorable...Google will hand it over as fast as possible.

      Seriously, do people really think that Google is just letting those emails sit there on their computers. Talk about a cracker's heaven.
      THEE WOLF
      • No, Google will let YOU comply with the law and turn over the email. The

        Postini tools have been incorporated, and gives you what you need.

        And, if Google were asked to turn over your email, they would fight it, just like they were the ONLY ones that fought the request by the feds to turn over your search results. Microsoft and Yahoo just happily turned over everything Bush was asking for.
        DonnieBoy