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I suppose you can use export function of your plain addressbook in linux, to a CSV (comma separated value) file, and then import it into the outlook. I hope I haven't missed anything odd to your problem?
You could always email them to yourself. Forward all the emails to yourself. First, turn-off automatically check for new mail or timed retrieval of new mail. Go to your Windows machine, open Outlook and you should have all your old emails.
THanks for all of your help.
Here's the brief on how I finally made the shift:
1. In Kmail I made mbox type folders for all of my emails and put them in those folders (Archive2000, Archive2001 etc.)
2. I copied these folders(they are actually files) to a windows directory and renamed them with the .mbx extension.
3. I loaded Eudora onto my windows system and pointed it to look at these files. Eudora automatically build a TOC file which I guess microsoft needs for importing. One odd thing, in Eudora the emails all seemed to have the message stripped out - at least I couldn't see it - but all the information was there once I got it into Outlook Express.
4. THen things got tricky. I tried to import these into Outlook and Outlook Express and failed. This was on my XP windows system.
5. I went back to linux where I have Win4lin running windows 98. I was able to import the files into Outlook Express there no problem. I have no idea why. Outlook express uses .DBX files.
6. I copied the .dbx files to my XP system in a temp director. Started Outlook express and changed its directory to look in my temp area. You have to do this because Outlook only checks the Oexpress assigned directory and will not let you choose one.
7. Finally I opened Outlook and used the import function to grab all the Outlook express files.
8. Slightly more complex than I had hoped, but I did it all without buying conversion software.
Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions.
Hopefully it won't be to long before I'm bringing all the data back over to Linux!
Whatever you do, try to avoid importing your files into Outlook 2003. It is not backward compatible with Outlook 2000 without a lot of hassle. There's supposed to be a way to do it but have not been able to get it to work yet.
This is MS way of forcing you deeper into their proprietary formats and therefore to 'stick' with their products.
I'll give that a try.You are right, moving easily back and forth between linux and windows is the real question.
I tested out Eudora just for fun. It imported all of the Outlook 2003 mail with no problem but couldn't get the address/contacts information. Eudora also seemed to come with a few viruses which Norton luckily picked up.