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Outlook 2011 to Apple Mail

Posted by: Charmed

Tagged in: outlook 2011 , migration , mail , macbook pro , macbook air , Apple


After saving up for a 13" MacBook Air and then waiting more than 6 weeks for one, I finally bought it 2 days ago! 

I got tired of waiting for the iStore to get back to me and purchased it from - I made use of their online chat facility to check stock before hand (how efficient?).

So anyway, I now faced the task of migrating all my applications from my Pro to the Air. I tried using Migration Assistant over WiFi but that didn't work. I got it done by backing up my data to a hard drive. I think it's the best method.

Then it was transferring email. What a mission. Outlook (from Office for Mac 2011 suite), exports your email in a .olm file. It is the only format it exports and (no surprise) no other application can read that format. I found this out after exporting to the .olm format and saw that Thunderbird couldn't read it. (I previously switched from Apple Mail to Outlook via Thunderbird when testing Office for Mac 2011).

I googled further and saw that (of course) I wasn't the only one with this problem. TidBITS had already covered this last year and provided instructions on how to do it via a third party app called EagleFiler. 

By 23h30 last night, it was all done! 

All that's left to do is transfer music. It's kinda weird having an empty iTunes library.

Oh, btw, did I mention how fast everything runs on the Air? 3 seconds to load Photoshop. Yes. THREE!

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written by msbodetti, September 21, 2011
Nice post! I had the same problem migrating from windows outlook to Mac so I used thunderbird. It worked but I dont like the native Mac mail app. Even with the new updates, I find it's not as good as outlook. I am very picky with the signatures I make, so mail doesn't make it easy to make a signature and it doesn't view properly in other clients.

I'm sticking with outlook 2011 for Mac for now until I see better features for mail.

I have worked with the air before, I don't know about you but doesn't it feel the same as the iPad? It's so thin and light!
written by Charmed, September 25, 2011
I like Mail because of the Smart Mailbox feature... I think that's what sets it apart! I found Outlook was crashing way too often. Usually when I delete a lot of emails in one go. Glad to be rid of it!

Yes, it's very light. It should make traveling much easier too.
written by redsaid, September 29, 2011
Hey, you needn't have waited two weeks if you didn't mind a keyboard with Chinese characters on it! smilies/wink.gif

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