With the shift in the paradigm from in-house IT-device management to Cloud Office applications, many organizations are syncing their communications with Office 365. Then all users using Outlook for Windows or Outlook for Mac have to shift their database files to Office 365. The data storage files for Outlook for Mac (OLM) is different from the Outlook for Windows (PST) and Microsoft has no defined utility for data transfer of OLM files into Office 365 directly.
In case, you are a Mac user that’s using OLM Datafiles and wanting to save the OLM file in Office 365 without the MAC system, then first convert the OLM file into PST format followed by importing the converted PST file into Office 365 mailing platform. However, Microsoft suggested methods do not support importing of OLM directly to PST format, and the user gets stuck with the following error:
The file <path>.olm is not an Outlook data file (.pst)
Since no direct converter method exists, then the transfer is feasible with the conversion of OLM to PST using an IMAP mail account.
The conversion of OLM into PST involves setting up an IMAP mail account followed by transferring the emails from one platform to another. Gmail with IMAP settings is a common platform which can configure with Mac and the Outlook account.
Note: The Gmail account acts as a transition account for easy conversion from OLM to PST format.
Software-based import method such as Stellar Converter for OLM (Technician) is one of the top preferences to import OLM files in Office 365. The software-based methodology:
The following steps will help to convert OLM to office 365:
Importing OLM file into Office 365 is not supported by Microsoft utility. Due to this factor, it becomes challenging to migrate to Cloud Office 365. This is true that conversion is possible with IMAP account configuration or configuring the PST Capture Agent, but both these methods have their limitations (scalability, proneness to error etc.) which make them less efficient, in comparison. Also, the use of advanced OLM to Office 365 converter software such as Stellar Converter for OLM (Technician) is recommended to import OLM into Office 365 format, as the software converts and directly exports all components of the mailbox data to Office 365 without affecting the file format.
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.