Converting Outlook .PST files to Apple Mail

Are you switching from a PC to a Mac? Did you use Outlook on your PC? Do you want to convert your Outlook email messages, calendar appointments, and address book contacts into Apple’s Mail, Calendar, and Contacts applications? If so, you should consider PST Converter Pro ($40).

I have successfully used PST Converter Pro 2.0 a couple of times over the past few months. I used to use another application named O2M, but this is a Windows application so one had to have a Windows-based computer around. Also, the last couple of times I tried to use it, it failed to work properly. Thus, I was excited to find PST Converter Pro since it’s a Mac application. I was a touch apprehensive since the product’s web site doesn’t instill confidence with it’s awkward English grammar. Regardless, I tried the demo and then bought the product. The application worked as advertised. It created a mailbox (.mbox) file which can be imported into Mail, a vcard (.vcf) file which can be imported into Contacts and an .ics file which can be imported into Calendar.  It was fast and easy to use. Check it out.

I should also mention that Outlook 2011 and 2016 for Mac can directly import PST files. So if you want to use Outlook for Mac, you don’t need to use a third-party product to import your email messages, calendar events, and contacts. That said, I’m generally not a fan of Outlook (maybe I’ll discuss this in a future Tech Tip) so I tend to steer clients towards Apple’s trio of applications, Mail, Calendar and Contacts, instead. Personally, I prefer to use BusyMac’s BusyCal and BusyContacts, $50 each or $80 for both.

Gladwev, the maker of PST ConverterPro, also makes OLM ConverterPro which is a Mac application that lets you convert your Outlook for Mac’s OLM data file to a PST file in case you need to move to a Outlook for Windows.

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