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Import Outlook mail to Thunderbird on Linux: how-to April 11, 2008

Posted by techscope in communication, linux, tutorials, windows.
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I update this article to reflect the recent changes to Thunderbird.

In the past, the only, and somewhat tricky, way to migrate your Outlook mail to Thunderbird would have been to:

1) Import your Outlook .pst folder into OutlookExpress on Windows.
2) On Windows install Thunderbird.
3) Thunderbird for Windows has got an import Mail from OutlookExpress wizard. Do it.
4) Get the imported Thunderbird folders from Windows to your Linux counterpart.

But now it is the thing of the past:

I am excited to have just found out that the new version of Thunderbird (2.0.0.12) on Windows has got a beautiful Outlook mail import wizard. A welcome development!

However, the only inconvenience I experienced was, I was unable to import a .pst file without Outlook already being installed on the machine.

It would be much better to bypass Outlook check altogether (say, I’ve got a .pst file backup only). We are yet to see if it’ll become possible in the future.

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