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Migrating to Gmail just got more easier

For those who want to migrate from your existing email id (other than Gmail) to your Gmail email id, migrating to Gmail has just become more easier and powerful.

AFAIK, for the first time any email service provider is providing such a useful feature. Now Gmail users will able to import not only contacts but also emails from your existing email account.

Emails can be imported from Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and others (more than 40+ different email service providers). This is significant as Google has huge SaaS (Google docs, Gmail, Google Apps etc.) infrastructure already in place and providing such migration feature will attract more users from other service providers. This will also help increase value of other services such as Google calendar, Google docs etc.

Currently this feature is available to newly registered Gmail users and eventually it will be rolled out to existing users but slowly as per Gmail blog.

I have tried to import my Hotmail account to Gmail account . In order to import other account emails and contacts, navigate to “settings=>Accounts and Import tab” as depicted below.

Gmail : Importing Hotmail Account

Gmail : Importing Hotmail Account: Finish screen

It seems Gmail will take some time (several hours to 2 days) for import operation to complete.  So I have to wait for some time to successfully import my contacts and emails from my Hotmail account.

So are you planning to migrate to Gmail from your existing email account? Let me know your opinion in comments below.

By Mandar Pise

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