Leaving Google Apps? Have some Takeout

Leaving Google Apps? Have some Takeout

Summary: The Data Liberation Front, Google's in-house initiative to make sure it's easy to push data into its cloud and take it out again, has unveiled the "revolutionary" Google Takeout.

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The Data Liberation Front, Google's in-house initiative to make sure it's easy to push data into its cloud and take it out again, has unveiled the "revolutionary" Google Takeout.

In short, it's a way to quickly and cleanly remove your data from Google Buzz, Google Contacts and Circles, Picasa, your Google Profile, and Google Stream, according to the announcement. And the Data Liberation Front is promising that support for more Google products is coming. Data is extracted in what they refer to as open file formats, so in theory, you can put your files onto competing products with no extra steps to take.

Interestingly, Google Takeout can be accessed from the Google+ (or Google Plus, if you prefer) panel, as well, indicating that part of the timing of this announcement has to do with ensuring that users know data isn't trapped within the new social network.

It's a strong step in the right direction for Google's openness policies, but I suspect that until it supports the extraction of Gmail messages and Google Docs files, most users are just going to drive right by Google Takeout.

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  • So Google offers a way to get your data out

    I would be more interested to see some of the Takeout functionality in their current products like Google Apps, not their abandonware. Right, now, I have to rely on third parties like Metalogix, or roll your own solutions to extract client data out of Google for migration into Office 365.
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    Thanks! This is good timing, especially with the launch of Office 365. :)
    Tim Acheson
  • RE: Leaving Google Apps? Have some Takeout

    One addition to the article: Email messages are already easy to get out of GMail using any IMAP or POP3 compatible mail client.

    Thunderbird from Mozilla will work. If you're a sysadmin, there are a multitude of tools to convert IMAP data into standard Unix mbox format, which pretty much anything can process.

    Dave
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