Microsoft tests a sweet service: Direct-shipping data for uploading to the cloud

One of the challenges of shifting to a new cloud storage provider is a very practical one: Uploading a lifetime’s worth of data takes forever. Microsoft’s Office 365 Import Service allows enterprises to take a shortcut: mail encrypted drives directly to Microsoft to load directly into OneDrive.

Right now, the program is someone limited: Enterprises can ship a drive to one of Microsoft’s datacenters to be uploaded into SharePoint, or just send a specific set of Outlook .PST files to Microsoft to seed an Office 365 account. During this preview of the program, the service is free.

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