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Moving MS-Outlook Data from PC to Mac


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 02:18 PM

Hello All,

 

         This topic could fit any of several places, but since it's quite specific to MS-Outlook I thought I'd post it here.   I have a potential client who is transitioning from 8-year-old HP laptops to the Macbook Pro.   As far as getting data generically over from one platform to another I think I'm good.  However, my past experiences with trying to "direct port" Outlook data, and the last one is some years ago, have been problematic, at best, and never crossed platforms.

 

          If anyone has tips & tricks, advice, or step-by-step instructions for doing an MS-Outlook data port from PC to Mac such that one can then fire up Outlook on the Mac and have all prior information "simply appear" in a "plug-n-play" manner I'd love to hear it.

 

          Since all Outlook data is located in the .pst file for a given user (if memory serves) getting that copied over should be easy.  It's then a matter of getting Outlook to use that file, with all the e-mail messages, accounts, contacts, etc., that I'm not quite sure about.

 

          Thanks in advance for any assistance you have to offer.

 


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 02:23 PM

Are you going into Outlook for Mac? It looks as if Microsoft claims there should be a direct import for .pst. This should bring over contacts, calendar, and emails.

 

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Import-a-pst-file-from-Outlook-for-Windows-1bebc2d6-3683-4d93-aad6-385ff06de1e8

 

As for account settings, you need to manually pull that. I recommend MailPassView if you don't have their password.

 

If you are going to something like Entourage or Mail, then it becomes much more complicated.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:51 PM

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          Thank you.  My preliminary advice to this client is that they obtain Office for Mac because they use far more than just Outlook.  Once you've got years of work in documents, spreadsheets, etc., the amount of effort to refashion them, and the learning curve to get good at that, costs far more in personnel pay than the Office Software for Mac does.

 

          I really appreciate the pointer to the support article.  I believe that logins, passwords, etc., are not going to be a problem.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 08:29 PM

It may not even be that complicated. If the users are storing their data on an Exchange server, all you have to do is set up their account in Outlook on the Macs and the server will sync it all down to the clients.



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Posted 09 January 2016 - 08:42 PM

Very true. The mention of PST makes me assume they are using POP though, unless he hasn't confirmed yet. If it is stored with an OST, then the problem is averted by it being Exchange or IMAP.

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