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Migrating from Outlook to Mozilla Thunderbird in Linux (part 1)

Feb 17, 2009, 21:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"When you start up Thunderbird for the very first time in Windows, you are greeted with a Import Wizard. You can select Outlook and import the existing server settings, mail, and address book. However, if you are moving to Thunderbird in Linux, importing won't be so easy. Nevertheless, we'll tackle how to manually export and import your data. Plus we'll see how to grab your other existing data; your calendar, tasks, and notes.

"Tip: If you are staying within the Windows platform but changing PCs, you may consider first installing Thunderbird on the machine that Outlook is installed on. This way you can use the automated import wizard to load the data. Then you could move the Thunderbird profile to the desired computer. Just remember you still must manually bring in other data, if you want your old calendar, tasks, and notes. Since you could encounter errors when moving the profile to a different OS, you may just want to go the manual route for all data when migrating to Linux."

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