Now You Can Migrate Public Folders to Office 365 Groups

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to announce the release of E2E Complete 4.1 which is available for immediate use for Exchange migration projects. This release is personally exciting for several different reasons.

As the first commercially available enterprise-grade migration software that allows the migration of content from on-premises public folders (Exchange 2003+) to Office 365 Groups, we have the platform to present tremendous value to customers over other competing migration methods. Many of our potential customers may not even know that they want this feature as the capability is not available natively, but it’s a huge time-saver to help organizations embrace Microsoft’s modern collaboration story.

From a personal standpoint, several months ago I had the opportunity to step into the role of a Program Manager and take the enormous responsibility of navigating our E2E Complete platform through the ever changing murky waters of Office 365. The Office 365 stack presents an undeniable value proposition for the on-premises customer. Finding new ways to enrich this experience and increase end user satisfaction through consumption is really at the heart of what we all strive to accomplish here at Binary Tree on a daily basis. The immediate need to provide a smooth transition experience from on-premises Exchange public folders to Office 365 Groups was hands down the first challenge that I wanted to tackle.

The value-proposition of leveraging an Office 365 Group over a traditional public folder becomes clear when you consider how we collaborate amongst our friends, family and within the enterprise.

Within our inner circle of friends and family we assemble into close knit groups to organize a night out on the town, schedule after school activities for our children or even come to a consensus around the family vacation. The main goal we have when assembling into these groups is to solve some sort of problem by soliciting opinions and sharing information. Ah, the dreaded back and forth of “where would you like to go for vacation this year?”

A common example within the enterprise is huddling together with a group of colleagues to push out an RFP response, solve a customer problem, create sales or marketing plans, design a new product feature or even to schedule team events. The possibilities of where an Office 365 Group could help teams come together and solve problems is endless. I would also be remiss if I did not point out that the mobile Groups app is a great feature and invaluable for those always on the go.

Hopefully, I’ve painted the picture here that an Office 365 Group is uniquely positioned to facilitate the traditional ways we communicate within teams.  

The Office 365 Groups feature enables friends, family and colleagues to come together, share ideas, share content and obtain decisions.

My hope is that as you consider the best path forward to Office 365, the Groups experience is front and center and plays a large part in the ultimate success of your migration experience. I can say with conviction that the Office 365 Groups experience definitely played a large part in the successful development of the E2E Complete 4.1 release.

Now, if I could only figure out where to take the family on vacation!