Microsoft backs Google Apps to SharePoint tool

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Microsoft backs Google Apps to SharePoint tool

Tit for tat content tug of war.

Microsoft independent software vendor Metalogix has released software to migrate documents from Google Apps to the Redmond giant's content management platform, SharePoint.

Metalogix's release came just weeks after Google launched its free Cloud Connect, which was viewed by some as being aimed at luring customers off Microsoft’s SharePoint.

Cloud Connect allowed Google Apps customers to remotely edit and share Microsoft Office documents within Google Docs.

Microsoft went the extra mile for its Gold Certified ISV, promoting the new Apps migration tool across its extensive TechNet Blog network.

The software, which reads Google Docs and Sites files and writes in SharePoint, is apparently for Google Apps customers that have surpassed the tool's capacity.

“We heard from customers who originally went with Google Apps that they started to outgrow what Google Apps could offer,” Metalogix’s director of enterprise content management, Geordie Henderson told Microsoft’s TechNet blog network.

“These customers have to make do, build expensive add-ons to Google Apps or migrate to a more robust solution.” 

Microsoft’s director of SharePoint product management Jared Spataro said “customers feel SharePoint 2010 is the logical choice over Google Apps.”

"SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps provides a straightforward option for those customers to migrate to SharePoint 2010 without losing the investment in their existing content,” he said.

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