Microsoft Makes It Easier to Switch from Gmail to

Microsoft Makes It Easier to Switch from Gmail to

A good first step for email switchers

Microsoft today announced a new service that makes it easier than ever to switch from Google's privacy-invading Gmail service to

I wrote about many of the tasks you'd need to accomplish to make this switch last year in the series of articles I compiled in Tips. But with this new functionality, built right into, Microsoft is streamlining the migration process much more nicely.

What they're doing is providing a wizard-based interface for importing your Gmail contacts into and then configuring to be able to send email as if from Google. Microsoft is also providing step-by-step instructions for forwarding your Gmail-based email to so you can use as your own email service. That way, Google won't waste any cycles generating BS advertisements based on your email. You gotta keep feeding the beast, I guess.

What's missing, alas, is a similar process for moving your Google Calendar to's excellent calendar. This is for Gmail (email and contacts) only.

To get started, create a new account if required, sign in, and then launch the new web-based wizard.

(If that link doesn't trigger the wizard you see above, check back every day for the next few days as this feature is rolling out to accounts over time.) You can optionally choose how you'd like the email imported.

Then, you'll be prompted to sign in to Gmail to authorize the transfer.

Once that process starts, Microsoft will email you step-by-step instructions on how to set up email auto-forwarding from Gmail to This enables your Gmail account to forward all your future email to Microsoft will also email you when the transfer process is complete.

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