I’ve seen many questions about how to easily convert Thunderbird to Outlook. There are several “free” solutions that require no money but do require large investments in time, comprising drastic steps like sending everything out to the Internet and copying it back, or setting up a server and manually copying a folder, or even more complicated ideas.
Not only are these strategies time-consuming, they also require significant technical prowess. Many people just want a simple way to get it done.
Address Magic Personal PLUS makes it easy to convert your address book and email from Thunderbird to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. It takes four clicks to copy your email and another four clicks to copy your default address book. You can see screen shots for how easy this is:
By following this short wizard, all of your email is copied. Your folder hierarchy is maintained, your messages are transferred with the urgency, dates, read/unread indicator, and other flags. Large files are supported with no difficulty; 2-GB mail folders are routinely transferred at up to 300 MB/minute.
Address Magic also takes care of putting everything in the correct folder. For example, the Thunderbird “Sent” folder is converted to the Outlook “Sent Items” folder.
There are two folders that aren’t converted. The “Trash” folder is ignored. If you want to convert your trash, then copy the contents to another folder. The “Unsent” is not converted so as to prevent messages from being sent by both Thunderbird and by Outlook.
To transfer your default address book from the Thunderbird Personal Address Book to the default Outlook Contacts folder, run Address Magic again and choose to convert Address Books. You don’t need to choose the folder names in this case – Address Magic automatically handles using the correct default folder in each email application.
You can learn more about using Address Magic Personal PLUS to convert Thunderbird to Outlook.
If you have more than 50 users, you should instead use Address Magic Enterprise PLUS.