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Old 08-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs up importing outlook to thunderbird


I have convinced a friend to try Ubuntu and he is happy to do this except for his concerns about "losing" MS outlook email. he is a small one man business so keeping his current email address and contacts are very important.

Today I imported my AOL email to Thunderbird. Just brilliant. Could not believe how easy it was so i am hoping this will also be the case for Outlook.

Although I accessed my AOL Mail easily from Firefox, I still regard this as another important step to becoming windowless.

I have learned so much and I am truly grateful to all who have helped me get so much enjoyment out of the best OS in the world.

Thanks to you all. margaret
 
Old 08-14-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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I suspect that it would be a two step process, at the least.

First, it might be necessary to install Thunderbird in Windows, import all the settings from outlook and then copy the thunderbird data directory to Linux.

You can copy the thunderbird data directory from Windows (once that is available) to Linux and it will work fine - no problems there.

I would recommend further research in to this topic. Here is a start -

Switching to Thunderbird (mozilla messaging)

About pst files and thunderbird from Mozilla Knowledgebase

Hope that helps.

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Old 08-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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if i remember correctly for me going from evolution to thunderbird i exported my contacts and calender reminders into vcf/ics files using evolution. and then imported them into thunderbird.

does microsoft outlook export in those xml text file outputs or is *.pst files your only option.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 02:07 AM   #4
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There is no problem keeping your "hotmail" account. I've been using ubuntu for several years and have recently switched to an all ubuntu program. I did convert to Thunderbird, which works great, but Chromium and Firefox even on ubuntu 13.04 works with no change in Outlook. If you want to feel secure about it get an ubuntu disk with wubi, which allows you to install in a windows system, as though it were an application, and dual boot windows and ubuntu on the same computer. When you feel comfortable, which I believe you will, you can do like I did and get rid of windows. You can install the same ubuntu on as many computers as you want. No licensing problems, no extra charges, open source freedom to do what you want and do something else with the money you would spend for non open source OS's. You can even use ubuntu on older computers that are not super faster or super anything. Ubuntu just works on them, even with one G of RAM.
Now I've got to figure out how to install vpn so I can get through the great firewall of
China.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 04:12 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and support. I will give it a go.

Schneidz I think windows can export in xml files now. Will research all the links and if i fail I can try to install Outlook in a VM.

This is all so new to me, but definately exciting & challenging.

Thanks
 
Old 08-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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Arranskye,

When I changed to Ubuntu, I have exported all my contacts from Gmail and Hotmail websites to Thunderbird.
The most succesfull format I used was *vcf.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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When I changed to Ubuntu, I have exported all my contacts from Gmail and Hotmail websites to Thunderbird.
The most succesfull format I used was *vcf.
Hi Sorry I dont know what this is. I googled it and see that it is a specific file format, with headers lines and compression etc. but I would need some further instructions.


hoping to try the suggested methods over the w/e so I will keep you posted. Thanks again
 
Old 08-16-2013, 11:43 PM   #8
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I don't know if you have this format option.
But, try to look in your AOL web account for the option export contacts.
After that, share with us what you found.

If you have vcf option, just export.
A unique archive will be created.
 
Old 08-21-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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Thanks. Only 3 options in export contacts CSV TXT LDIF. Sorry no vcf option.

Not too sure what to try now, but thanks for your help
 
Old 08-23-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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You're welcome guy.
I prefer vcf, but as this is not available: Try to use csv.
 
  


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