Office 365 enables you to work the way you want from virtually anywhere, no issue for data security, no extra time for managing mailbox and this is the reason that users are shifting their email client from MBOX to Office 365 (online Exchange). However, if you are planning to move the email client to cloud, it is equally important to move the database. Once Microsoft Outlook is installed on a system, it’s easy to import MBOX to Office 365 database— either use an indirect (two-step) solution or a software-based utility to import the data from one email client to another.
Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based service, which is available with fully installed apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and these apps can be installed on multiple devices based on the licensing agreement or plan.
These features along with a host of other software viz. Skype for Business, SharePoint, etc. are compelling the users to shift from MBOX to Office 365 (cloud). Shifting the email client is not limited to application’s interfaces only, the users also need to import the respective database, and make sure that the database received after MBOX to Office 365 conversion is complete and accessible. This blog post shares two methods to make a successful migration from MBOX to MS Office 365.
Method 1: Migrate MBOX to Office 365 by using Thunderbird and Outlook
This is an indirect method is comprised of two major steps, as follows:
Note: Both the applications must be installed on the same machine – Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook.
Step #1 Convert MBOX to PST
Step #2 Export PST file to Office 365 account
Export PST to Office 365 with the help of Network Upload:
The indirect method has its list of drawbacks:
Method 2: Stellar Converter for MBOX
The direct software-based method is quick, easy, and reliable. The users do not need to follow the indirect method and complicated steps therein, to first convert the mail items into PST format.
Most importantly, users do not have to deal with cases wherein data is only partially exported.
The software-based utility helps convert a majority of email clients such as Spicebird, Pocomail, AppleMail, Eudora, Mulberry, SeaMonkey, Netscape, ClawsMail, OperaMail, Mozilla Mail, Evolution, Sylpheed, Cone, Mutt, and Gnu Mail.
Conversion of mailbox data from one email client to another is a necessary prerequisite when a user shifts to a new email client, for example migrating from Thunderbird to Outlook. As discussed in this blog post, the manual method consists of lengthy, time taking, and unwieldy steps, with chances of partial export and errors.
User’s Mailbox data is vital, and, thus, for complete and accurate conversion of MBOX to Office 365 data results, it is recommended to use a professional MBOX conversion software.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.