Two Ways to Migrate Thunderbird to Outlook: One Simple, One Free
Converting your email from Thunderbird to Outlook? Unless you’ve found a converter you can trust, you’re faced with a challenge.
And here’s the worst of it: You know if you make the wrong decision, you could end up wasting hours of your precious time and still lose valuable email data.
This method is a lot more complicated and time consuming. But it’s by far the best free solution on the Internet. It requires four programs: our free Converter Light, Windows Explorer, Windows Live Mail (WLM) and Office Outlook.
Then follow this 14-step procedure for converting EML files to PST. (This is based on Windows Live Mail 2012. Other versions may differ slightly.)
You should now see your mailbox folders and emails under Imported Folder in Outlook.
As you can see, exporting Thunderbird to Outlook without a professional conversion tool can be a cumbersome process. Sadly, it isn’t always accurate either. In conversions using this free method, email contents can get lost. See below for details.
When it comes to email conversion tools, you typically get what you pay for. While you may still choose the free method, you need to be aware of your potential risks.
Note that it’s not Aid4Mail Converter Light causing these issues. The loss of email data happens between Windows Live Mail and Outlook.
The screenshots below show the result you get using the free solution (left) compared to using Aid4Mail Professional (right):
It’s true. “Free” may initially appear to be a cost savings, but when you factor in the hours it takes to migrate your emails—and the low-quality outcome—you may actually save money using a commercial tool.
The table below gives you a side-by-side comparison of Aid4Mail’s commercial version and Aid4Mail Converter Light:
|Aid4Mail Converter Light||Aid4Mail|
|User-friendly program with context-sensitive help||✓||✓|
|Skips hidden unpurged mail||✓||✓|
|Dates of exported EML files conveniently match message dates||✓||✓|
|The EML folder structure matches your source mailbox hierarchy||✓||✓|
|Automatically finds your Thunderbird mailbox files||✕||✓|
|Automatically transfers your Thunderbird folder structure to Outlook||✕||✓|
|Does not require time-consuming manual processing||✕||✓|
|Can export mail from Thunderbird to Outlook in one step||✕||✓|
|Converts mail status information like unread, replied, flagged||✕||✓|
|Pictures in the message body are correctly displayed in Outlook||✕||✓|
|Can restore detached Thunderbird attachments||✕||✓|
|Supports 40+ mail formats||✕||✓|
Aid4Mail’s commercial version is unmatched in its accuracy and preserves more information during conversion than any of its competitors, both free and commercial.
No doubt, like our clients, you’ll prefer the simple solution over this free method.
Aid4Mail licenses allow you to process an unlimited number of mail accounts and files, whether in-house or external. You can purchase a one-year license, or three years at a reduced price. During the license validity period, you benefit from free software updates and our award-winning customer support.
On purchasing a license, you will receive an activation code that gets you up and running with Aid4Mail within minutes of making your payment. Once activated, trial mode is turned off and your license becomes tied to your computer and Windows login account. See our EULA for details on how this works.
If you need to run Aid4Mail on a computer that doesn’t allow Internet access, simply contact us for an offline activation code. There is no charge for this option but it offers less flexibility than online activation.
We also offer licensing options for running Aid4Mail in a virtual environment. Pricing is determined by the number of concurrent users plus the total number of users and installations. Contact us for a quote.
If you’re ready to buy an Aid4Mail license, visit our Pricing page for pricing details and links to our online store.
We have been developing software since 1990. Our first email tool was launched in 1999 and Aid4Mail followed in 2005. So our experience in processing email data spans over two decades.
All core functionality in Aid4Mail is developed in-house. This means that key features are tightly integrated and optimized for speed. We are in full control of our code, including major components like email parsing and conversion, the filtering engine and its search syntax, MAPI access to Outlook accounts, and even the IMAP protocol used to connect with services like Yahoo! Mail and AOL.
Important clients around the world are relying on our software. These include the US government and law enforcement agencies, top law firms, national libraries, prestigious universities, major banks, and international NGOs. Currently half of the Fortune 50 companies are Aid4Mail clients and the numbers keep growing.
Aid4Mail is optimized for speed and is consistently faster than competing solutions. We recently ran a test on a 7-year old desktop PC with an Intel Core i7-5930K and an SSD drive. Aid4Mail converted 98,051 emails (9.97 GB) from Thunderbird to PST in just 12 minutes and 34 seconds. That’s 130 emails per second! Expect even faster conversions on the latest generation of high-end computers.
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There’s lots more in Aid4Mail Converter, and the best way to discover its capabilities is to try it out. We offer a free trial version with no time limit, no forms to fill-in and no obligations. Simply visit our Downloads page to get your copy now.
And if you would like to see a detailed feature comparison between the three Aid4Mail editions, check our Aid4Mail 5 feature comparison table in PDF format.