February 24, 2021
Moving on from ShareGate Overcast
We have important news: On June 1, 2021, we will be discontinuing ShareGate Overcast. For those who have been using the app, you can continue using ShareGate Overcast until that date, and then your subscription will end.
Here’s the honest reason why:
For the longest time, ShareGate was a one-product company. We had been extremely successful with ShareGate Desktop, making it a leader in the SharePoint migration market. But our dream was to expand our portfolio to become the one-stop shop for everything Microsoft for our customers.
When we launched ShareGate Overcast in 2018, we were proud to finally be able to say that we were serving the Azure market. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into trying to make it work.
We had die-hard fans that used ShareGate Overcast a lot, but it was difficult to attract new customers. We tried a number of experiments, but things didn’t pick up like we wanted. ShareGate Overcast simply isn’t providing enough value.
And then on the other hand, ShareGate Apricot, our Teams governance platform, is thriving. The global COVID-19 pandemic has propelled remote work and Microsoft Teams usage. Our ShareGate Apricot customer base grew by 4000% in the past year. We don’t want to just surf the Teams wave, we want to win the Triple Crown. That means that we need to double down on this growth and success.
So, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down ShareGate Overcast and to redirect all our efforts towards building amazing Teams experiences in ShareGate Desktop and ShareGate Apricot. We believe this is how we can bring the most value to our customers.
We’re profoundly grateful to our customers, fans, and partners who supported us in our Azure adventure. And we’re energized by the idea of tackling a new set of challenges that will help organizations use Microsoft Teams to its full potential.
Hopefully we’ll see you on the Microsoft Teams side!
Sebastien Leduc, Chief Operating Officer at ShareGate