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Microsoft Says Outlook.com Migration Early 2017 Message Was Wrong, Coming in 2016

After a message from the company suggested the Outlook.com migration would be delayed until 2017. Luckily it seems there was an error and the switch will be completed this year.


A bomb was dropped yesterday when it emerged 's .com migration plans were very late. Indeed, a leaked an email sent by the company said the switch would not be completed until early 2017. However, it seems as though that message was a mistake and Microsoft says the early 2017 timeframe is actually wrong.

Microsoft starting moving users to a newer infrastructure since February. The migration was has been rolling out to users each week. The company said that the migration would be completed before the end of this month.

That deadline is clearly going to be missed. A surprise came yesterday when the company sent an email to Twitter user Fully Completely. The message said “We expect the upgrade to be finished in the first half of 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for using Outlook.com.”

Of course, an early 2017 deadline would mean Microsoft's migration plans would be very late. It is worth remembering the company first announced this Outlook.com migration last spring. The concept behind the improvement is to bring -like features to the Outlook.com experience.

2016 Migration Upheld

ZDNet decided to reach out to Microsoft to seek official confirmation regarding this new 2017 timeframe. Luckily the company quashed the earlier message and said it is working to complete migration:

“The error message incorrectly stated the date as the first half of 2017; we're updating this message to reflect the latest migration schedule. We are in the final stages of the Outlook.com migration, with nearly 90% of our active users already migrated. A small percentage of our active users will take additional time to migrate based on certain features they are using like shared calendars.”

Danger averted, Outlook.com will complete its migration before the end of the year. However, this is undoubtedly a confusing situation and the sooner it is complete the better.

It seems the Outlook.com migration will in fact be rolling out in the year, but what is more interesting is that the reply didn't give any clearer explanation on when it can be expected.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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