MS Ignite: Microsoft announce free Migration Tool

Along with other announcements at Microsoft’s Ignite event in Orlando Florida, the addition of a ‘new free, simple, and fast migration solution’ is an interesting development. In fact, it’s a potentially huge game changer that Microsoft have unleashed.

The Migration Tool is designed to help you migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365 (the cloud).

You may be looking to migrate from file shares on-premises to SharePoint or OneDrive. Or, you may want to migrate from on-premises versions of SharePoint. The SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to support the smallest of migrations to large scale migrations with support for bulk scenarios. This means businesses of all shapes and sizes can take advantage of this free piece of kit.

Microsoft have said that the release of this tool should be available by the end of this year.

So, what has the reaction been?

It’s still early days as the announcement was only made yesterday – but, the initial reaction seems positive. Folk are quite glad that Microsoft have finally released their own software to enable this function. Others believe that it could be very basic, so depending on your needs it might not be able to fulfil them.

Dave Nixon, a Microsoft Practice Manager at Business Agility said: “The addition of the migration tool adds to the compelling features of moving to the cloud.”

Many businesses may have put off the idea of migrating to Office 365 (cloud) software. This is because of the implications with their data security and the way they store data on their own servers. It’s not an uncommon dilemma. We’re here to help you whether you want to use a mixture of both cloud and on-premises (hybrid, if you will) or just wholly on-premises, or migrate everything to the cloud. The announcement of SharePoint 2019 is a huge indication from Microsoft that, at least for the foreseeable future, they will be supporting on-premises software.

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