Concern 2: How do I migrate my SharePoint to Office 365?
This question is pretty much ignored by many people, Microsoft included. When I asked Microsoft how to migrate on-premise SharePoint to Office 365, the response was unsettling: "At this point, we don't have anything specific to share, but look for more information after the product launches." Obviously, Microsoft is working on something, but you may not want to wait; instead, consider using a third-party vendor to fill the gap.
One option is Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint, which just released an Office 365-compatible update and is the first tool to pass Microsoft SharePoint Online Code Analysis Framework (MSOCAF) testing. It lets you move from various versions of SharePoint, including SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003, SharePoint Services (WSS) versions 2 and 3, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.
Concern 3: What do I do with public folders?
The answer depends on if they are mail-enabled or not. Office 365 doesn't support public folders, but you can move them to shared mailboxes or -- if they are not mail-enabled -- to SharePoint Online (which doesn't support inbound email for libraries and lists).
A good option for moving a small number of public folders is to export them to one or more .pst files. Then use Outlook to connect them to the SharePoint calendar, contacts, and tasks and copy the items from the .pst file to the SharePoint calendar, contact, and task locations. For mail and post items, you can map a drive to a SharePoint document library and copy the messages from Outlook to the mapped drive.
If you have a large numbers of public folders (as most businesses do) or want to migrate permissions as well, you'll need a third-party tool such as Metalogix. Check with your favorite SharePoint migration tool vendor to see if it supports public folder migration for Office 365.
This article, "Now that Office 365 is live, here's how to to migrate to it," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of J. Peter Bruzzese's Enterprise Windows blog and follow the latest developments in Windows at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.