Finally a use for Netscape!

August 14, 2005 by RyanC
Filed under: Macs 

All of these were easily copied across using a cross over cable, no problems there - but shock horror, my emails were another story.

Microsoft Outlook Express stores emails in a non-standard format which can't be read by Apple Mail - disaster!

It was then that I remembered once installing Netscape to test compatibility of my web site. Netscape had very nicely offered to import the Internet and email settings from Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

Checking up on this I found that when it does this it stores the resulting emails in a standard .mbox format - which can then be read by any sensible email client. Wohoo!

So the basic steps to import your emails from Outlook Express on Windows to Apple Mail on the Mac:

  • Install Netscape on the Windows box.
  • Allow it to import from your Outlook Express.
  • Copy the newly created .mbox files to your Mac.
  • Show Apple Mail where it can find them when it asks.

That’s it – yay!

Ooo and make sure you remember to uninstall Netscape afterwards or your PC might become contaminated or something hehehe.

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  1. daniel valdez on Sun, 29th Oct 2006 1:59 am
  2. < ![CDATA[Thank you! I wish I had come across this before I wrote this...

    Today I transferred email from Outlook Express 6 on Windows 2000 Professional SP4 to OS X Tiger's Mail.app. This is how I did it.

    1. Download and install Mozilla Thunderbird. Current version is 1.5.0.7.
    2. Launch and choose to import from Outlook Express. (Clean up the Outlook email and empty the trash first.)
    3. Copy the mail folder to the mac from the Thunderbird profile folder. I used a FAT32 formatted USB drive.
    4. Add .mbox to all the files inside the mail folder you just copied that don't already have an extension. I used A Better Finder Rename for this.
    5. Launch Mail.app and choose import from the File menu.
    6. Select Netscape/Mozilla and go!

    I hope this helps someone, because I had trouble following all the other tutorials. And I hope someone who goes thru this process fills in all the little details that I left out (such as the default directory of the mozilla profiles folder and the extension of the mozilla mail index, etc.)]]>

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